Honoring Dr. Christine R. Wilson

christine wilsonCHRISTINE R. WILSON
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 
Department of Physical Therapy
11 Years of Service 

Wilson’s circuitous route to a career in physical therapy included pursuing a dancing career in New York City and studying movement analysis and notation at the Laban Institute for Movement Studies before earning her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she developed a professional focus in pulmonary PT. After four years of PT practice, she taught English in Tokyo and traveled before returning to complete her M.A. in motor control at Columbia University. In 1983 she joined the faculty at Downstate Medical Center and operated a pulmonary PT home care practice. She earn her Ph.D. at McGill University and came to Pacific in 2003. She has been an active member of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American PT Association, serving as Research Committee Chair for 12 years and garnering the section’s highest service award in 2013. She has been Department Chair since August 2011, during which time she convened a new PT leadership council and established the Sanderson Lecture Series, supported by St. Joseph’s Foundation.

Honoring Dr. Paul Williams ’74

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 
Department of Pharmacy Practice
31 Years of Service 

Williams received his doctor of pharmacy from University of the Pacific in 1974 and his master of science from the University of North Carolina in 1984. He joined the Pacific faculty in 1982. He is a highly accomplished researcher, teacher and thought leader in the area of population pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics model development, validation and application. His significant body of work has been extensively cited—including a paper cited by the Food and Drug Administration—and forms the foundation for much of the current knowledge, education and research in the area of population pharmacokinetics. He received the University Faculty Research Lecture Award in 2006. Williams is also a noted reviewer and editorial board member for journals such as The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Pharmacotherapy and Clinical Pharmacokinetics and has been active in professional organizations, including the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. He has been applauded for his service in all areas and remains a leader in his field.

Honoring Dr. Donald Floriddia ’71

Donald Floriddia1DONALD FLORIDDIA ’71
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry 
45 Years of Service

Dr. Floriddia joined the Pacific faculty in 1968 and earned his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences at Pacific. Appointed executive director of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical fraternity in 1972, he led a complete overhaul of the struggling organization during his tenure. He was awarded an M.S. in Nuclear Pharmacy Fellowship from the USC School of Pharmacy and took a development leave from Pacific in 1974. After completing the program and residency, he co-founded Pharm-Atomic, Inc., the first Centralized Nuclear Pharmacy in California, and wrote the Board of Pharmacy regulations overseeing nuclear pharmacy operations and drug distribution in California. He continued to teach Pacific students in nuclear pharmacy and opened Pharm-Atopes, Inc., a second nuclear pharmacy in San Jose. In 1983 he was appointed chair of Pacific’s Department of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry and has served as associate dean of Student and Professional Affairs from 2000 to the present. In 2001, he was invited by Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates to serve on a review team for the pharmacy program of the Ajman University of Sciences and Technology in Dubai and Fujairah. He has held elected positions in state and national pharmacy organizations and received numerous honors and awards, including induction into the California Pharmacists Association’s Hall of Fame (2010) and the San Joaquin Pharmacists Association’s Hall of Fame (2012).

Honoring Dr. Richard Abood

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 
Department of Pharmacy Practice
23 Years of Service

Abood holds a B.S. in Pharmacy and J.D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has worked in both community and hospital pharmacy practice in addition to teaching pharmacy practice at Pacific. Prior to coming to Pacific, he was a professor of Pharmacy Administration at the University of Wyoming and concurrently served for several years as the executive director and legal counsel for the Wyoming Pharmaceutical Association. He has presented and published in the areas of pharmacy and health care law, including the textbook Pharmacy Practice and the Law, now in its 7th edition. In 2000, he received the President’s Award from the American Society for Pharmacy Law for his achievements in the field, and received Pacific’s Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar Award in 2002. He has been active in several state and national pharmacy organizations, including past-president and current board member of the San Joaquin Pharmacists Association, and past president and board member of the American Society for Pharmacy Law. He regularly serves as a consultant on pharmacy law issues to law firms, state and federal governments and pharmacy organizations.