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Alumnus and Board of Trustees member Col. S. Rogers Wetherill, III, P'68, MS, passed away on Nov. 16, 2017. Truly “the legacy of legacies,” he was one of a long line of Wetherills who have left an indelible mark on University of the Sciences, from the signing of its charter in 1821, to Col. Wetherill’s service on the Alumni Board and Board of Trustees.
Col. Wetherill was a retired Army pharmacy officer with over 24 years of hospital pharmacy experience. He served in Vietnam, Germany, and numerous state-side hospital assignments. His civilian education included, not only his pharmacy degree, but an MS from University of Michigan and military schooling at Command & General Staff College and the National War College.
For 15 years, Col. Wetherill was employed by Happy Harry's in Newark, Del., and until recently, was an employee of Accredo Specialty Pharmacy, a division of Express Scripts in New Castle, Del. In 2012, he was the recipient of the lifetime achievement award in pharmacy given by the Delaware Pharmacist’s Society and in 2014, received the University’s Ivor Griffith Service Award.
Col. Wetherill’s involvement with the USciences Alumni Association started some 20 years ago. During that time, he was a director for 15 years and served on the executive committee as vice president, president-elect, and president. From 2006 to 2009, he represented the Alumni Association as a member of the USciences board of trustees and since 2015 was a full member of the Board of Trustees.
Col. Wetherill’s generosity and care for the institution further manifests itself through his donations to help advance the field of healthcare and pharmacy and to support current students in achieving such goals.
The Wetherill name is further linked to USciences through the street named Wetherill Way, located between 42nd and 43rd Street, that provides an easy and direct route for students across Woodland Ave. Col. Wetherill regarded Wetherill Way as “a lasting tribute to [his] family and the first chairman of the board of trustees and to the Wetherill’s who followed.”
The Wetherill family has planned his funeral for Tuesday, Nov. 28 at Beeson Funeral
home (2053 Pulaski Highway, Newark, DE 19702). Visiting hours will be from 10 a.m.
to noon with a service to follow. Col. Wetherill will be buried in a private ceremony
at the Delaware Veterans cemetery later that day.
The family has requested that any contributions in Col. Wetherill’s name be made to University of the Sciences (600 S. 43rd St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19104, Attn: Advancement, or online at www.usciences.edu/giving noting Col. Wetherill’s name).
On behalf of our Board, alumni, and campus, we express our sincerest condolences to the Wetherill family on their, and our, loss.