In Memoriam

We are saddened to learn of the deaths of the following members of the College of Pharmacy family.

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Benjamin "Benny" P. Pulos, BS Pharmacy 1959, passed away on March 7, 2017 at the age of 86. Benny's pharmacy career spanned over 50 years with his own business, Eastside Pharmacy, as well as working for Fry's Pharmacy.

Grace Hunt Milota, BS Pharmacy 1956, of Palatine, Illinois, died unexpectedly on Dec. 6, 2015, at the age of 80. 

Manuel Corrales, BS Pharmacy 1951, of Ventura, California, passed away of natural causes on Dec. 9, 2015. 

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Elena Almada-Quijada, PharmD 2015, died July 23, 2016, during a hiking trip to Monument Valley near the Arizona-Utah border. She was 27 and was an active member of Kappa Epsilon and Global medical Brigades while a pharmacy student. More information may be found in this online obituary.

Norton Goldberg, BS Pharmacy 1962, of Phoenix passed away on Nov. 10, 2015.

Jean Noel, BS Pharmacy 1976, died of cancer June 13, 2015 in Tucson. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Mike Noel, also a College of Pharmacy alumnus. She was a nursing home consultant for most of her career. More information is available online.

Sandy Rogers, a longtime employee who helped many students during her roles in the dean's office and student services office, died June 10, 2015 in Tucson. Read the dean's remarks to the college about her contributions.

Ronald Gillespie, BS Pharmacy1962, passed away in Florida in October 2014.

William Remers, former College of Pharmacy faculty member, died March 30, 2015, in Tucson. He was 82. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois, Remers joined the UA faculty in 1976 and became head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He was a member of the University of Arizona Cancer Center and a longtime cancer researcher. For more information, locate his online obituary.

Scott Harrington, a Tucson pharmacist and advocate for healthcare safety, died Jan. 20, 2015. He was 51. Harrington graduated from the College of Pharmacy in 1997 and completed additional training at Creighton University, University of California-San Francisco and First DataBank in San Bruno, California. He was a member of several organizations, including the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Roy Laos, Jr., BS Pharmacy 1952, of Tucson died Aug. 5, 2014 at age 92. A veteran of World War II and an accomplished baseball and softball player, Laos owned and operated Roy's Arizona Pharmacy in Tucson from 1957 through 2003. His wife of 62 years, Anna, and his five sons, 16 grandchildren and two great-grandsons survive.

smiling man in wheelchair with daughts, wife and grandson, all in UA garbJoe Mendez, BS Pharmacy 1950, of Tucson died following hip surgery July 25. A veteran of World War II and lifelong Wildcat, Mendez, who was born in 1920, was a member of the first graduating class of the college and a cheerful college supporter, attending nearly every alumni event over the years. His smile brightened Homecoming for all of us. This photo of Mendez, his wife, Aida (center) and family was taken before the football game, Homecoming 2013. The Arizona Daily Star published a profile of Mendez following his death.

Andrew Stout, BS Pharmacy 1974, died April 17 in Bakersfield, California, following a long battle with cancer.

James Wolfe Bredon, MS 1982, died in December 2013. He was 66.

Robert Andrecht, BSPharmacy 1968, died Oct. 10, 2013 in Roseburg, Ore. He had retired in 2007 and moved to Oregon to be close to family, He was 70. Family and friends have contributed to the College of Pharmacy student scholarship fund in his memory.

Patrick A. Sharp, BS Pharmacy 1975, died on April 15, 2013. Sharp was born in Phoenix, but spent most of his life in Coolidge, where he was involved as a business owner and served on many community boards. His obituary is posted online.

Stephen Simrin, BS Pharmacy 1967, died in Palm Springs, Calif. on April 12, 2013. He had recently retired from his 43-year career in pharmacy. His obituary is posted online. Notification of Simrin’s passing came from his brother, Mel Simrin, also a COP graduate.

Ronald Orth, 83, a former professor at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, died in Tucson March 22, 2013. Orth was retired lead pharmacist from the Veteran’s Administration hospital.

Bob Thomas, BS Pharmacy 1950, of Alabama died Feb. 22, 2013.

Arnold Serbin, BS Pharmacy 1953, died Feb. 18, 2013 in Phoenix. Following his pharmacy education, Serbin enrolled in medical school in Chicago. He practiced pulmonolgy in Phoenix for many years. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, two daughters and a son, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dale Fleming Webb, BS Pharmacy 1952, died Oct. 5, 2012 in Yuma, He is survived by his wife, Lyn, a son and daughter, and grandchildren.

John Bailey, BS Pharmacy 1954, died Feb. 3, 2013, in California of pneumonia. Bailey served on the college’s National Advisory Board from 1995 through 2008 and had been an active emeritus member since 2009. He received the Jack R. Cole, PhD, Distinguished Alumnus Award from the college in 2011. He was a long-time pharmacy owner and elected member of the governing board of the Camarillo, Calif., Health Care District. For more than 15 years he gave one day weekly to the Salvation Army Medical Clinic in Oxnard, Calif. He was named Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation Volunteer of the Year in 2011 and Camarillo Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year in 2005. His obituary is posted online.

Marc Mondragon, BS Pharmacy 1983, died in Tucson on Jan. 23, 2013. He completed dental school following graduation from the College of Pharmacy, and was in practice in Tucson at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Kim, and two daughters.His obituary is posted online.

William Norvil Puckett, BS Pharmacy 1950, died Dec. 27, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colo. of injuries sustained in a fall. It is reported that he died peacefully in the hospital with his family at his side.

Earl Palmer of Mesa, Ariz., also BS Pharmacy 1950, died Dec. 7, 2012.

Joseph Zapotocky, 95, of Oro Valley, a former professor at the College of Pharmacy, died Dec. 9, 2012. He came to the college in 1953 and taught medicinal chemistry, analytical pharmaceutical chemistry and other courses for nearly 30 years.

Joe Ivey, BS Pharmacy 1950, of Prescott, Ariz., died Nov. 7, 2012. He is sorely missed by the seven people remaining from the college's first graduating class.

Albert Picchioni, former professor and administrator at the UA College of Pharmacy, died April 16, 2012, in Green Valley, Ariz. For more information about him and his contributions to the college, visit the Picchioni Tribute page.

Edward Celaya, BS Pharmacy 1966, of Florence, Ariz., died Jan. 13, 2012. He had retired as a pharmacist from El Rio clinic in Tucson. His surviving family includes his wife, Gloria, and daughter, Jennifer Alvaro, and six brothers and two sisters.

William Gilkey, BS Pharmacy 1981, died Aug. 7, 2011.

Don Bickford, BS Pharmacy 1967, died in June 2011.

Ann Kuharevicz was in the final weeks of the fourth year of her PharmD studies when she died Sept. 18, 2011, in Muskegon, Mich., from a rare form of multiple sclerosis. A posthumous degree will be awarded during the May 2012 Commencement.

Findlay Russell, faculty member of the college since 1981, died in Phoenix Aug. 21, 2011, days short of his 92nd birthday. Russell joined the faculty of COP after serving as professor of neurology, biology and physiology at the University of Southern California and director of the Laboratory of Neurological Research and Venom Poisoning Center at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.  In 1992, the Findlay E. Russell, MD, PhD, Distinguished Citizen Award was established at the college in his honor.

Calvin Turner, BSPharm 1978, died in late August 2011.

If you know of other recent passings among our alumni, please let us know.

Often friends like to make contributions to the college when a classmate dies, as happened when colleagues learned of Calvin Turner's death. Memorial contributions to the College of Pharmacy may be made at the following donation page; please be sure to fill out the entire form, including the Tribute section at the bottom.

If you prefer to send a check, please mail it to Development, UA College of Pharmacy, PO Box 210202, Tucson, Arizona 85721, and include a note about which person your gift honors. Make the check payable to UA Foundation/College of Pharmacy.







Originally posted: August 29, 2013
Last updated: March 20, 2017
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