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2010

Muhammed Majeed ’80 (M.S.), Ph.D.
President and Founder, Sabinsa Corporation, Sami Labs Ltd., Organica Aromatics and Edkal Corporation

        An intrepid scientist and entrepreneur, Muhammed Majeed has pioneered the integration of the ancient Indian medicinal art of ayurveda into modern medicine. In 1988, he founded Sabinsa Corporation, which manufactures standardized herbal products, fine chemicals, drug/nutraceutical formulations and cosmeceuticals. Under his leadership, the company has created and marketed more than 100 products for human nutrition and well-being.
        Over the past 20 years, Sabinsa has evolved into a global corporation with operations in the United States, Australia, China, Dubai, Europe, India, Japan, the Philippines and South Africa, employing 800 workers in India, 80 in the United States and 100 scientists worldwide. The company owns a total of 58 US and International Patents. Sabinsa earned the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in 2004, 2005 and 2009, and in 2008, the company received a prestigious Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR) grant from the Indian government to test a new means for producing resveratrol and new plant-based cosmetic ingredients.
        Dr. Majeed was born and raised in Kerala, India, earning an undergraduate degree in pharmacy in 1973 from Kerala University. He immigrated to the United States in 1975, earning a master’s degree in industrial pharmacy from Long Island University’s Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 1980 and a doctorate in industrial pharmacy from St. John’s University in 1986. He spent several years in research positions at Pfizer, Inc; Carter-Wallace; and Paco Research, before launching Sabinsa and, later, Sami Labs in 1991.
        In 2004, Dr. Majeed won the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the U.S.-based National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO). The award, sanctioned by Congress, is presented to Americans of diverse origin, recognizing their leadership, commitment and service to their own ethnic groups and to American society. He also established the Dr. Majeed Foundation to help educate underprivileged children in India.
        Dr. Majeed and his wife, Sabinsa, have three grown children, Sami, Anju and Shaheen, and six grandchildren. Based in Edison, N.J., Dr. Majeed travels frequently between India and the United States.


Howard Murad ’62, M.D.
Founder and CEO, Murad, Inc.; Murad Research Labs; and Murad Inclusive Health Center; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Dermatology), University of California, Los Angeles

         Celebrated as one of the nation’s top authorities on skincare, Dr. Howard Murad is a board-certified dermatologist and an associate clinical professor of medicine (dermatology) at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine.
         Born in Iraq, Dr. Murad moved with his family to the United States as a child and grew up in Far Rockaway, N.Y. He completed a B.S. in pharmacy in 1962 at the former Brooklyn College of Pharmacy, now the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
         Dr. Murad worked as a pharmacist while attending the School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, graduating in 1966 with a medical degree. While serving as a general medical officer in the U.S. Army from 1967-1969, Dr. Murad was awarded a Bronze Star for service. He started his private practice in 1972 after completing a residency in dermatology at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital at UCLA.
         In 1989, Dr. Murad founded Murad, Inc., as a way to share his skincare formulas with the public. He introduced his discoveries on the Science of Cellular Water™ in his first book, “The Murad Method,” and received wide acclaim for his books, “Wrinkle-Free Forever” and “The Cellulite Solution.” He is currently working on a fourth book.
         Dr. Murad, who maintains a thriving practice in El Segundo, Calif., is a pioneer in skin health treatment. He is credited with developing the first line of doctor-branded skincare as well as introducing the first esthetic products formulated with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to treat the signs of aging, the first medical spa and the first Inclusive Health Center®. Dr. Murad owns 18 dermatology-related patents and his company has grown to include more than 80 consumer skincare products, along with many professional-strength treatments for estheticians and dermatologists.
         Dr. Murad has received numerous awards and honors, including being named one of America’s best dermatologists by Vogue magazine and a “beauty genius” by Elle magazine, and most recently, being inducted into the Aesthetic International Association’s Academy of Legends. His many philanthropic efforts include supporting the Vista del Mar Childcare Center, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Los Angeles, the Jewish Community Center of Los Angeles and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
         Dr. Murad and his wife, Loralee, live in Marina del Rey, Calif. They have three children, Jeff, Hilarie and Elizabeth, and four grandchildren.

2009


From left to right: Chairman Edward Travaglianti, Distinguished Alumna Vickie Ferdinand-Powell, Dean David Taft and Distinguished Alumnus Michael J. Fedida.


Michael J. Fedida ’72, ’75 (M.S.)

President and Owner, J & J Pharmacies







 

 

 

 


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         Fleeing anti-Semitism in his native Morocco, Michael J. Fedida, his parents and his four siblings emigrated from Casablanca to Brooklyn in 1959. At the age of 13, he spoke only French when he and his family settled in the borough’s Brownsville section. Luckily, the owners of a neighborhood pharmacy took an interest in the young immigrant who worked long hours as a stock boy and was eventually asked to help out running the business. While continuing to work, he completed a B.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1969. He earned a B.S in pharmacy in 1972 and an M.S. in drug information and communication in 1975 from Long Island University’s Brooklyn College of Pharmacy (now the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences).
         While still in school, Mr. Fedida invested in the part ownership of Palm Gate Pharmacy in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. In 1987, after many years of successful operation, he sold his share and bought J & J Pharmacy, in Teaneck, N.J. In recent years, Mr. Fedida has expanded his business holdings, opening an HIV specialty service pharmacy, J & J St. Michael’s Pharmacy, in St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, N.J.; and a pain management specialty pharmacy, J & J State Street Pharmacy, in Hackensack, N.J.
         In addition to his professional obligations, Mr. Fedida plays an active role in the pharmaceutical industry. He is a consultant for pharmaceutical companies in the United States and overseas, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Watson Pharmaceuticals. Previously, he served on the boards of Bolar Pharmaceuticals, Circa Pharmaceuticals and Bradley Pharmaceuticals. Additionally, he is a generous supporter of Teaneck area schools and athletic activities, as well as charities that feed the homeless and promote the care of autistic children.
         A former member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association, Mr. Fedida joined the College of Pharmacy Council of Overseers in 2006. He also has pledged a generous donation to name the Fedida Family Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
         Michael Fedida lives in Norwood, N.J., with Ellen, his wife of 37 years. He has two married daughters, Cindy and Jamie, and two granddaughters, Brett and Quincy.


Vickie Ferdinand-Powell ’93 (M.S.)

Site Director of Pharmacy, Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian, The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell






 

 

 

 



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        Born and raised in New Orleans, La., Vickie Ferdinand-Powell became fascinated by science at an early age. She attended a high school for gifted children, where she excelled and decided that pharmacy would become her career path. She enrolled in Xavier University in New Orleans, where she earned a B.S. in pharmacy. Among her classmates, was her future husband, David Powell, with whom, after graduation, she moved to New York.
         Ms. Ferdinand-Powell began her career as a registered pharmacist at the Lenox Terrace Drug Store in Manhattan, where she supervised pharmacy technicians and counseled patients. In 1986, she started working as a pharmacist at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center. There, she met Harvey E. Maldow ’67, ’72 (M.S.), who became her supervisor. Impressed with her skills, he promoted her to in-patient pharmacy supervisor and encouraged her to continue her education. She enrolled in the College of Pharmacy while holding down her job and raising her family. Graduating in 1993, she earned an M.S. in pharmacy administration.
         In 2001, Ms. Ferdinand-Powell became site director of pharmacy at Columbia University Medical Center, New York- Presbyterian, The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, where she currently is employed. Here, she oversees 298 pharmacists, technicians, interns, attendants and other staff members, and has overall responsibility for 1,200 beds and eight outpatient clinics.
         In addition to her professional responsibilities, Ms. Ferdinand-Powell recently was elected president of the 1,800-member New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the College of Pharmacy’s Alumni Association. Ms. Ferdinand-Powell is the recipient of numerous honors including the Preceptor Award from the College of Pharmacy, the Professional Award and a Community Service Award from the National Association of Business and Professional Women, and the Joel Yellin Award of Merit from the New York City Society of Health-system Pharmacists.
         Active in her community, she is a past board member and the current special events coordinator for the Harlem Little League. She also is a member of the Abyssinian Baptist Church Health Ministry and teaches Sunday school. She and her husband, who recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary, have two grown children, Veronica and David Duane.

2008


James Detura`79
, R.Ph.
President/Owner Melrose Pharmacy; President, New York City
Pharmacists Society








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         A native of the Bronx, James Detura began working at a local pharmacy at the age of 10, sweeping floors and cleaning shelves. It was this early experience that ultimately shaped his career choice. Since graduating from the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 1979, he has spent three decades at the Melrose Pharmacy as a pharmacist, becoming its president and owner in 1986. He also has served as a consulting pharmacist for Promesa, Inc., and Narco Freedom, which are substance abuse treatment centers; for Maternity Center Association (now Childbirth Connection), a national not-for-profit organization that uses research, education and advocacy to improve maternity care; and for United Cerebral Palsy’s Michelangelo Residence.
         Always eager to learn, Mr. Detura’s education did not end when he graduated from the College of Pharmacy. He earned post-graduate certificates from the National Institute of Pharmacist Care Outcomes in the areas of diabetes care and rheumatoid arthritis in 1998 and 2002 respectively.
         Licensed as a pharmacist in New York and New Jersey, Mr. Detura is an active member of the National Community Pharmacists Association; the Italian-American Pharmacists Society; the American Pharmacists Association; the Advisory Board Third Party Station; the Pharmaceutical Society of the State of New York; and the New York City Pharmacists Society, of which he has been president since 2006. In addition, Mr. Detura established an endowed scholarship fund for the students of the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
         Mr. Detura also is active in his community and his church, serving in various capacities, including lector and Eucharistic minister. Currently in the Permanent Diaconate Program of the Archdiocese of Newark, he hopes to be ordained a deacon in 2011. He lives with his wife, Patricia, in Bergenfield, N.J. They have four children, Michael, Erin, Megan and Kerrin.


Mohammad Saleh`77 (M.S.), R.Ph.

Owner, M&I Pharmacy, Utica Pharmacy, Liberty Avenue Pharmacy and Prospect Avenue Pharmacy








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         Mohammed Saleh has had a long and distinguished career as a pharmacist and community leader. Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, he earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Dhaka in 1968. During the early years of his career, he worked as a production pharmacist. He immigrated to the United States in 1971. In 1973, Mr. Saleh enrolled at Long Island University’s Brooklyn College of Pharmacy (which later became the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), completing a master’s degree in pharmacy administration in 1977.
         Upon graduation, he worked at several pharmacies across Brooklyn in supervisory positions, which led him to acquire his own stores. Today, he is the proprietor of four pharmacies – M&I Pharmacy, Liberty Avenue and Utica Pharmacies in Brooklyn; and Prospect Avenue Pharmacy in the Bronx.
         In addition to his professional obligations, Mr. Saleh is a member of the Council of Overseers of the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and is a board member of the New York City Pharmacists Society. He also serves on New York State’s pharmacy advisory committee for Medicaid. Previously, he served as president of the Empire State Pharmaceutical Society.
         Mr. Saleh has dedicated his life to the community. He is the founding chairman of the International Council for the Advancement of Bangladesh and is senior vice chairman of the International Farakka Committee, a non-profit environmental organization that advocates for conservation of the ecosystem in Bangladesh and encourages sustainable development. He currently serves as a Nassau County human rights commissioner and is the founding president of the Bangladeshi-American Pharmacists Association. In addition, he has served as president of the Long Island Muslim Society. Among the many prestigious honors he has received is the Asian Pacific Americans of Distinction Award, which was bestowed upon him by the Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs. He also is the recipient of the Community Leader of the Year Award from the Eastern Queens Democratic Club. In 2003, Mr. Saleh established an endowed scholarship fund for the students of the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
        He and his wife, Nazma, live in Merrick, N.Y. They have two children, Irene and Omar, and two grandchildren.

2007


John V. Cocchiara `86

Pharmacist Consultant Officer for the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Service








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         John V. Cocchiara’s 20 year career as a pharmacist has been varied and fulfilling.  Upon graduating from the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 1986, he became pharmacy director for a Brooklyn nursing home where he worked to initiate critical enhancements to patient care, quality control and automation.  Next, he turned to community pharmacy, owning and operating a Brooklyn retail store for nearly seven years.  From there, he migrated to the corporate world, where he led the successful startup of Livingston LTC Pharmacy, a long-term-care, New Jersey-based pharmacy, within an integrated statewide health care delivery system.
         Today, with the expertise he has honed through his diverse management experience, Mr. Cocchiara has been appointed pharmacist consultant officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service.  He brings the unique perspective of a pharmacist to this complex health care system and to the recently introduced Medicare prescription drug plan, which services over 4 million beneficiaries in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands alone.
         Licensed as a pharmacist in Florida, New Jersey and New York and certified as a consultant pharmacist, Mr. Cocchiara’s contributions to the industry have been recognized with the United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service in 2006; the CMS Administrator’s Achievement Award in 2005 and 2006, and awards from the New York City Federal Executive Board, for communication and outreach in 2006, and for valor in 2005.
         A Brooklyn native, Mr. Cocchiara and his wife, Josephine, have been married for 20 years and live with their son, Gianni, and daughter, Cassie, in Colts Neck, N.J.


Ron Del Gaudio `79
President-Owner, Kings Pharmacy







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         After earning his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1979 from the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Ron Del Gaudio began his career as a pharmacist.  Soon thereafter, he earned his M.B.A from Pace University and joined the independent drugstore chain, Kings Pharmacy.  Today, after rising through the ranks, he is the company’s president and owner.
         With a steadfast reputation for superb professional support and technical expertise, he operates two pharmacies in Brooklyn and one in Manhattan that provide bi-weekly hypertension screenings, diabetes education and other classes, as well as patient compliance programs and IV home infusion services.
         In addition, Mr. Del Gaudio owns and manages Royal Compounding Pharmacy, where skilled pharmacists work closely with physicians to customize prescriptions and to provide more effective treatment and preventive care for patients with a broad range of health-related conditions.  Their success with infertility, allergy, HIV and hormone replacement therapy drugs is known and recognized throughout the region.
         In addition to his professional obligations, Mr. Del Gaudio gives generously of his time to a variety of health-related causes.  He is a longtime board member and the current president of the Brooklyn-Queens chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Also active on behalf of his profession, Mr. Del Gaudio is a member of the board of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY) and is a regional representative for the New York City Pharmacists Society.  His outstanding professional achievements have been recognized by the National Federation of Italian-American Societies, which honored him as a distinguished member in 2001.
         A native of Brooklyn, he lives in Sea Cliff, Long Island, with his wife of 16 years, Denise, and their two children, Amanda and Michael.


Lee Joffee `78
Supervising Pharmacist, Curascript, Inc.; Deputy Commander, National Disaster Medical System Team NY2, Captain and Chief Pharmacy Officer, New York Guard, Army Division










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         During his three decades as a pharmacist, Lee Joffee has been a tireless advocate for his profession and a leader in times of crisis for his country.  As captain and chief pharmacy officer for the New York Guard, Arm Division, the defense force of New York State, he coordinated care for thousands of military personnel following the 9/11 attacks.  For the National Disaster Medical System Team NY2, he served as deputy commander, mobilizing and directing medical services as part of the FEMA responses to the devastating hurricanes of 2004 and 2005.
         In 2000, Mr. Joffee served as president of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY) and also was the chairman and fellow of its Academy of Employee Pharmacists.  For two terms during 1998 and 1999, Mr. Joffee was president of the Westchester & Rockland Society of Pharmacists.  He also is a member of the Association of Military Surgeons, the Westchester County Department of Health Emergency Medical Advisory Committee, the American Pharmacists Association and the National Community Pharmacists Association.  He has volunteered for the Yorktown Ambulance Corps and was president of the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley in 2005.
         In addition to these commitments, Mr. Joffee is the supervising pharmacist in Brewster, NY, for Curascript Inc., a company that specializes in biopharmaceutical distribution and care management.  He is the recipient of numerous awards that include PSSNY’s Bowl of Hygeia Award for Outstanding Community Service, the New York Guard Division’s Defense of Liberty Award, the Merck Outstanding Achievement in Pharmacy Award and the National Community Pharmacists Association Leadership Award.
         Mr. Joffee earned a B.A. in psychology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1972.  He obtained a B.S. in pharmacy in 1978 from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy, now the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, as did his wife Betty, who graduated in 1982.  They live in Yorktown Heights, NY, and have four children, Alison, Danielle, Deborah and Steven, and a daughter-in-law, Amy.

2006


Craig Ruffin `85
, Pharm.D.
Region Business Director,
Johnson & Johnson









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        Dr. Craig Ruffin entered the pharmaceutical industry in 1987. He spent the first few years of his career working at Merck and Novartis before joining Johnson & Johnson in 1991. Today, Dr. Ruffin is the regional business director for one of the company’s subsidiaries, McNeil Pediatrics, where he and his team have contributed to the product launch and outstanding sales success of Concerta, a medication used in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
        His keen business acumen and uncompromising drive to address the needs of patients have won him numerous accolades, including three Johnson & Johnson Standards of Leadership Awards; the McNeil APEX Award (the highest award given to a McNeil employee); the Johnson & Johnson Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Award; and the company’s Distinguished Service Award.
        Dr. Ruffin earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 1985. He was president of his class as well as co-founder and president of the school’s chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association. Dr. Ruffin, who also holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University, and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida.
        A former member of the board of directors of the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Alumni Association, he currently serves on the College’s Council of Overseers. Committed to mentoring the next generation of health care leaders, Dr. Ruffin makes time in his busy schedule to teach. He is an adjunct professor at Howard University and Long Island University.
        Dr. Ruffin, a lifetime member of the NAACP and a Past Master of the Prince Hall Masonic Fraternity, lives with his wife, Saundra, and their two children, Christian and Christine, in Ambler, PA.


Carol F. Novick `78

President Owner, Gauthier’s Pharmacy










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         Pharmacist, Carol Novick, honed her skills in upstate New York and New Mexico before finding her niche in the Green Mountain State.  Ms. Novick relocated to Vermont in 1983 and became owner of Gauthier’s Pharmacy in the town of St. Johnsbury.  She assumed the company’s presidency in 1991.
         Today, Ms. Novick continues to run her business while working to create opportunities for women and to enhance the quality of life in her community.  She is a director of the Downtown St. Johnsbury Improvement Committee and the Caledonia County Home Health and Hospice Professional Advisory Committee.  In addition, Ms. Novick is a corporator for Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital.  She also has chaired the St. Johnsbury Business and Professional Women’s Young Careerist Committee and has been a member of its Women of the Year/Employer of the Year Committee.  Ms. Novick previously served on the boards of directors of the AIDS Community Awareness Project and Beth El Synagogue, and as co-leader of a Girl Scout troop.
         She has been recognized repeatedly for her professional and civic leadership. Honors include the U.S. Pharmacists/Searle Service to the Community Award, as well as awards from New England Business Women Owners, Vermont Business and Professional Women, and St. Johnsbury Business and Professional Women.
         Ms. Novick earned a B.A. in psychology from Brandeis University in 1975 and, three years later, a B.S. in pharmacy from the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  She is currently pursuing a Pharm.D. from the University of Florida, which she anticipates completing by December 2007.
         A native of Queens, Ms. Novick lives in Wheelock, VT.  Her husband and daughter work with her at Gauthier’s.


Thomas E. O’Brien `65, `74 (M.S.)

Director of Pharmacy Services, Strong Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry





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         Dr. Thomas E. O’Brien has been the director of pharmacy services for Strong Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center since 1998.  Under his leadership, Strong Health has become a national leader in implementing new technology for pharmacy services.  He also had guided the Medical Center in developing residency programs in pharmacy practice, infectious disease and emergency medicine/critical care, all of which are accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  In addition, Dr. O’Brien has served as assistant professor of community and preventive medicine at the University’s School of Medicine and Dentistry for the past seven years.
         Over the course of his career, he has held executive positions and received appointments at major organizations including the ASHP and the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists (NYSCHP).  Among his honors are the NYSCHP Board of Directors and Pharmacist Achievement Awards and the Rochester Business Journal’s Healthcare Achievement Award.  He and his staff also have received two ASHP Best Practices Awards.
         Dr. O’Brien, who has published extensively in national pharmacy journals, earned his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy, now the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  He completed his medical residency at the Albany Medical Center and received a doctor of pharmacy degree in hospital pharmacy administration.  He also was a SmithKline Beecham Leonard Davis Institute Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
         A retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Dr. O’Brien and his wife, Susan, live in Webster, NY.  They have five children.

2005


Arthur Cederbaum`66 Ph.D.













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         A distinguished teacher and researcher, Dr. Arthur Cederbaum earned a bachelor’s degree from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in 1966 and completed a Ph.D. in biochemistry at Rutgers University in 1971.  He completed postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton University and at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he joined the faculty in 1973 and now serves as a professor in the department of pharmacology and biological chemistry.
         In addition to teaching medical and graduate students, Dr. Cederbaum researches the effects of alcohol on the liver, focusing on the damage caused by the substance that increases the enzyme, cytochrome P4501E1, producing free radicals that lead to oxidative stress. His work addresses questions with significant implications, such as whether there is a genetic disposition to serious liver disease and why women are more prone to alcohol liver injury than men.
         A reviewer of grant applications for the National Institutes of Health’s study sections, he has for eight years chaired the review groups that evaluate the biochemical and biomedical grant applications to the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, which funds alcohol research centers throughout the United States.  Dr. Cederbaum received an NIAAA Research Career Development Award each year from 1974 to 1984, and in 1991 he was honored with an NIAAA Merit Award that had since been renewed twice.  He is on the editorial boards of such journals as Drug Metabolism Disposition, Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, and Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine.
         Dr. Cederbaum lives in North Brunswick, NJ, with his wife, Arlene, whom he married in 1967. They have two sons, and recently welcomed their first grandchild into the family.

Steven Strauss `55, `65 (M.S.), Ph.D.

 

 

 










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         For more than 50 years, Dr. Steven Strauss has dedicated his life to exploring diverse and innovative facets of pharmacy.  His career includes a 32-year tenure as a faculty member in the classrooms and laboratories of the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He also directed the College’s Division of Pharmacy Administration and its Retail Drug Institute and, in 1990, created the Master of Science program in drug regulatory affairs, the first such program of its kind.
         Among his many other accomplishments, he co-founded the annual United States-Caribbean Pharmaceutical Conference.  He is the founding co-editor of U.S. Pharmacist, a monthly magazine on clinical and practical aspects of pharmacy practice, and the founder and former president of Technomic Publishing Company’s Pharmaceutical Division.  A prolific writer, he has authored or co-authored 13 books and scores of articles on drug regulatory affairs, patient education, pharmacy law and pharmacy practice.  His generosity established the College’s Steven Strauss Pharmacy Law Award and the Steven Strauss Scholarship and has also helped to establish the Alumni Association Executive Board Scholarship by matching funds pledged by pharmacy board members.
         Dr. Strauss earned a B.S. in pharmacy and an M.S. in pharmacy administration from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy and soon after completed a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical marketing and economics at the University of Pittsburgh.  Today, he is an auxiliary member of the New York State Board of Pharmacy and serves on the Board’s Disciplinary Panel.  He has held elected and appointed offices in numerous professional and honor societies.  Residents of Westchester County, he and his wife, Bernice, have been married for 46 years and have three sons.


Daniel Kantor `54







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         Daniel Kantor has long applied the strong leadership qualities that were evident even when he was a student at the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy.  He was president of his class and the Student Council and, within a few years of earning his bachelor’s degree and serving in the United States Army, he launched his own first retail venture.  It was the beginning of a 40-year career as a successful entrepreneur.
         By 1970, Mr. Kantor founded the chain of Drug World Pharmacies, propelling its development throughout New York’s Rockland, Ulster, Duchess and Orange counties and northern New Jersey.  His leadership record also includes terms as president of the New York State Pharmaceutical Society and of the Rockland County Pharmaceutical Society.  He also was chairman of the Regional Drug Chain Conference and representative to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ board of directors. A former commodore in the Englewood Yacht Club, Daniel Kantor’s characteristic self-reliance and enthusiasm for challenges has extended to his decades-long love affair with the sea.
         Since his retirement four years ago, Mr. Kantor and his wife, Arlene, have lived in Jupiter, Florida, where he is very active in his community of Admiral’s Cove.  They have three married children and six grandchildren.  In 2004, his daughter, Heidi, established the Daniel Kantor Leadership Scholarship in her father’s name at the College of Pharmacy.

2004

Stanley Tremaine `52














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         Stanley Tremaine joined the United States Air Force (USAF) after graduating from Long Island University’s Brooklyn College of Pharmacy (BCP) in 1952.  Stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, his highly classified assignments included the development of a broad range of aircraft.  In 1958, he switched to inactive military reserve status and opened a pharmacy with fellow BCP graduate, Irwin Roberts. Together, they operated a successful business that flourished for 22 years and grew to include three pharmacies.
         In 1972, Mr. Tremaine was selected by the U.S. Air Force to attend the prestigious National War College in Washington, D.C.  He earned an M.S. in international affairs from George Washington University before returning to the Air Force.  In 1976, he was named deputy for development planning and was charged with overseeing the conceptual design and execution of aeronautical weapons systems.
         He rose to the equivalent rank of major general, USAF, and was appointed to the USAF Senior Executive Service.  Mr. Tremaine twice has received the Civilian Exceptional Service Medal, the highest award that can be bestowed upon a civilian member of the Department of Defense.
         Since his retirement in 1985, Mr. Tremaine has remained active, establishing the Aerospace Division of the Ballelle Memorial Institute in Dayton, training USAF Academy cadets in Colorado Springs and starting a custom-contracting business.  He also has written a novel, “The Unholy Triad,” using his own Air Force experience as reference material.
         Mr. Tremaine, who has three children and 10 grandchildren, lives in Colorado Springs, CO, with his wife, Diane.

Barry B. Pressman `62
















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         Barry Pressman’s 40 plus-year career in pharmacy has run the gamut from owning retail outlets to manufacturing.  Born and raised in the Bronx, Mr. Pressman graduated from Long Island University’s Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in 1962.  He then moved to Los Angeles, where he co-founded Bi-Rite Drug Stores, a chain that boasted multimillion dollar annual sales.  After nine years in retail pharmacy management, he ventured into the highly lucrative business of selling quality vitamins through retail drug, food and mass merchandisers.  His company, Pharmavite Corporation, produced and marketed Nature Made vitamins, which became a leading national brand.
         In 1989, Pharmavite was sold to a Japanese firm, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals.  Mr. Pressman continued to manage the business, serving as chairman of the board.  In 1992, he founded the PureTek Corporation in San Fernando, California, where he currently serves as the company’s president, chairman and chief executive officer, managing a core business that includes over-the-counter drugs, health and beauty products and prescription-based pharmaceuticals.
         Mr. Pressman is active in the Private Label Manufacturing Association, the California Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. A father of six, Mr. Pressman, lives with his wife, Holly and two daughters in Santa Monica, California.

Barrie Levine `67


















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         In recognition of 36 successful years in the pharmacy business, Barrie Levine was named New Jersey Pharmacist of the Year in 2003 by the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association and the New Jersey Council of Chain Drug Stores.  Mr. Levine has served for more than a decade as vice-president of pharmacy operations at Drug Fair Stores in Somerset, New Jersey, where he oversees 42 high-volume regional drug stores with annual sales that total more than $400 million.  It is a position that draws upon his extensive experience in retail pharmacy management.
         After earning a B.S. in pharmacy from the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 1967 and becoming a licensed pharmacist, Mr. Levine joined Pathmark as a supervising pharmacist.  He was promoted to regional pharmacy supervisor and regional non-food product manager before becoming director of pharmacy, accountable for 150 stores with sales in excess of $300 million.  In 1992, he became director of pharmacy operations at Mayfair Foodtown, turning around its marginally operating pharmacy departments within a one-year period.  He was recruited for his current position at Drug Fair Stores in 1993.
         A resident of East Brunswick, NJ, Mr. Levine is a driving force in state and national pharmacy organizations. He is president of the New Jersey Council of Chain Drug Stores and a member of the National Pharmacists Association and the Chain Drug Consortium, among others.

2003

Sylvan L. Lehrman `65





















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         Sylvan L. Lehrman’s family always thought that he would become an accountant.  He, however, had other plans.  Not long after returning from military service in France, he decided to pursue a career as a pharmacist.  In 1960, he enrolled at the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy, successfully completing the rigorous five-year program with the support of his professors, his study group and his wife, Rosalie. After graduating in 1965, Mr. Lehrman joined Rite Aid where he remained for a decade.  Eventually, he opened his own pharmacy in Pottsville, PA, where he currently resides.  Over the next five year he would expand the business by adding two additional pharmacies in the region.
         Following this initial success, he and a partner launched RXD Pharmacies Inc.  Today, he is the company’s CEO and president, overseeing a total of 12 pharmacies across Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
         Mr. Lehrman remains actively involved with pharmacy education, providing intern and residency placements for pharmacy students.  He also served as chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Regional Chain Committee for 2001.
         In addition, he is the past chairman of his local annual Diabetic Testing Clinic, a former board member and treasurer of the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center of Pottsville and a former member of the associate board of directors for Keystone Financial Bank. He is the past president and current board member of the Oheb Zedeck Synagogue as well as treasurer of the Jewish Museum of Eastern Pennsylvania.
         The Lehrman family includes two children, Beth and Craig, Craig’s wife, Dana, and three wonderful grandchildren.  Pharmacy has become a family tradition for them: Craig, who followed in his father’s footsteps, is a pharmacist and serves as RXD’s vice president of operations.

Pedro J. Lecca, Ph.D.
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         Dr. Pedro J. Lecca is dean and professor at the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at Howard University in Washington, D.C., overseeing undergraduate and graduate programs involving diverse facilities and student bodies.  Prior to moving to Washington in 1998, he served as the sixth dean and professor of the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health at Texas Southern University in Houston, where he established the entry-level Pharm.D. and post-baccalaureate Pharm.D. degrees and guided the accreditation of five allied health programs in health care administration, environment health, respiratory health, medical technology and health information management.  Previously, he was professor and director of Health Care Specialization at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and the director of the Southern Re-accreditation Program.
         Dr. Lecca earned a master’s degree in 1967 from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy; in addition, he received an M.S.W. in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington; a Ph.D. in pharmacy administration/health care from the University of Mississippi; and a Post-Doctorate from Baruch College of Business/Mt. Sinai Medical School in health services research.
         With expertise in a broad range of areas such as academic administration, public health/mental health research, substance abuse and AIDS research, Dr. Lecca is associated with health organizations across the country.  He also is a member of numerous professional organizations, among them the Minority Health Professions Association, the Educational Organization for United Latin Americans and the American Public Health Association.
         Dr. Lecca has received many honors, including a National Health Services Research Fellowship from the Baruch College of Business/Mt. Sinai Medical School; an American Council on Higher Education Fellowship; the Malcolm Baldrige Award—examiner since 1998; the Outstanding Faculty Representative Award, UTZ; the Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Mississippi; and the Outstanding Faculty Senate President Award, UTA. Dr. Lecca also has served as commissioner of planning and zoning for the City of Arlington, Texas.  In 1993, U.S. Surgeon General appointed him to serve on the National Hispanic Health Issues Task Force.  In addition, Dr. Lecca has written research grants that total more than $100 million and has authored over 20 books.

2010

Sylvan L. Lehrman `65





















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         Sylvan L. Lehrman’s family always thought that he would become an accountant.  He, however, had other plans.  Not long after returning from military service in France, he decided to pursue a career as a pharmacist.  In 1960, he enrolled at the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy, successfully completing the rigorous five-year program with the support of his professors, his study group and his wife, Rosalie. After graduating in 1965, Mr. Lehrman joined Rite Aid where he remained for a decade.  Eventually, he opened his own pharmacy in Pottsville, PA, where he currently resides.  Over the next five year he would expand the business by adding two additional pharmacies in the region.
         Following this initial success, he and a partner launched RXD Pharmacies Inc.  Today, he is the company’s CEO and president, overseeing a total of 12 pharmacies across Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
         Mr. Lehrman remains actively involved with pharmacy education, providing intern and residency placements for pharmacy students.  He also served as chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Regional Chain Committee for 2001.
         In addition, he is the past chairman of his local annual Diabetic Testing Clinic, a former board member and treasurer of the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center of Pottsville and a former member of the associate board of directors for Keystone Financial Bank. He is the past president and current board member of the Oheb Zedeck Synagogue as well as treasurer of the Jewish Museum of Eastern Pennsylvania.
         The Lehrman family includes two children, Beth and Craig, Craig’s wife, Dana, and three wonderful grandchildren.  Pharmacy has become a family tradition for them: Craig, who followed in his father’s footsteps, is a pharmacist and serves as RXD’s vice president of operations.

 

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