Honorary Titles Awarded at Founders’ Day Ceremony

By Colby Gallagher

Published on February 28, 2019

A well-respected professor of clinical pharmacy with more than 46 years at University of the Sciences, George E. Downs PharmD’72 was honored with the title of Linwood F. Tice Professor of Pharmacy during the University’s 198th Founders’ Day Ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The Dean of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Edward Foote P’87, PharmD’91 was also honored with the John Wyeth Endowed Deanship as part of the Founders’ Day Ceremony.

The Linwood F. Tice Professorship is awarded to a faculty member in the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy who has long-standing accomplishments, service, and scholarly activity. After graduating, Dr. Downs became a faculty member in 1972, eventually working his way up to Dean of the college, a role he held for 10 years before returning to the faculty.

Dr. George Downs
 Dr. George Downs receives the Linwood F. Tice Professorship at the 198th Founders' Day Ceremony.

Dr. Downs has a strong interest in the prevention of substance abuse and the role a pharmacist can play in helping an addict. He attributes this broadened view of a pharmacist to Dean Tice.

“We have to recognize Dean Tice; Dean Tice was probably, both locally and nationally, one of the leaders in pharmacy for several generations. He really established the PharmD program here,” said Dr. Downs. “He had the vision that pharmacy should be more than just counting and pouring and he made it happen. So I think having that name as a professorship is really significant and I’m really proud that I got that name.”

The Wyeth Deanship is named after John Wyeth P‘1854, an alumnus and founder of John Wyeth and Brother, which is now part of Pfizer.

Dr. Ed Foote
 Dr. Ed Foote receives the John Wyeth Deanship at the 198th Founders' Day Ceremony.

Dean Foote returned to his alma mater in July of 2018 to lead the Philadelphia College.  When taking the position as dean, Dean Foote spoke about his desire to enhance the student experience to ensure that the learning experience is meaningful and not just a means to a degree.

“I am so honored to be named the John Wyeth Dean,” he said. To be part of the history of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy is truly special.”

Over his nearly 30 years in pharmacy education, Dean Foote has published over 90 peer-reviewed book chapters, journal articles, and abstracts in the areas of nephrology, pharmacy education and interprofessional education.

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