Alumni and guests from the pharmacy Class of 1965 gathered for a dinner to celebrate their 50th Reunion. The 50th Reunion dinner was hosted by Dean Phillip Oppenheimer, PharmD, and Associate Dean for External Relations Nancy DeGuire ‘89, PharmD. Alumni enjoyed reconnecting and reminiscing over a delicious meal and a slide show comprised of 1965 Naranjado yearbook pictures. Black and white formal and candid photos reflected the involvement of the class on campus. Class of ’65 members participated in many student organizations, including Lambda Kappa Sigma, Rho Cho Society, Phi Delta Chi, Blue Key, Block P, American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Kappa Psi and the Inter-Fraternity Council.
Many of the pharmacy Class of ‘65 demonstrated a serious work ethic during their time on campus. Dean Ganes ‘65 shared how he worked as a welder and bartender to put himself through the program. Several others shared how they worked off campus, and participated in athletics, student leadership, clubs and fraternities/sororities, all while balancing the demands of pharmacy school. The class shared stories about their careers in pharmacy and recalled favorite and demanding professors. Mike Alexander ‘65 remarked that, “It was great to visit with old friends from 50 years ago. Our class graduated about 63 pharmacists, if I remember correctly, and most of us were friends and many remain so even today. Most of us had limited financial resources but, with the University and School’s help with loans and scholarships, we made it through and did not lose anyone for lack of financial resources. We were a fairly close group of students and it seemed a little like deja vu at the reunion.”
Over 10 years ago, Alexander, Stan Poncetta ‘65, and Ben Kwong ‘65 founded the Sixties Alumni Memorial Pharmacy Endowed Scholarship, as a way to recognize and address the financial struggles that students endure. Current donors are Mike and Linda Alexander, Dominic ‘66 and Joan ‘65 Favero, Ben and Robin Kwong, Linda Poncetta, Randy ‘79 and Nancy ‘80 Sasaki and Alan ‘66 and Marlesse Young. Julie La ‘16, one of the 2014 recipients of the Sixties Alumni Memorial Pharmacy Endowed Scholarship, graciously spoke to the members of the class at the reunion dinner and shared how the scholarship has impacted her educational experience.
Dean Oppenheimer delivered an update on the School and listed the numerous prestigious awards Pacific pharmacy students, faculty and alumni have recently received. The Dean also shared his thoughts about the increase in pharmacy schools within the state of California and how Pacific will address this competitive landscape. A question and answer session followed.
If you would like to join the Class of ‘65 and their sixties classmates in supporting the Sixties Alumni Memorial Pharmacy Endowed Scholarship, please email Nancy DeGuire at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 209-946-2752 for more information.
By Susan Webster