Over the weekend, North­eastern cel­e­brated the School of Phar­macy’s 50th anniver­sary, bringing together gen­er­a­tions of grad­u­ates, fac­ulty, staff, uni­ver­sity leaders, along with cur­rent stu­dents, to com­mem­o­rate the school’s proud his­tory and look ahead toward its promising future.

On Sat­urday night, more than 275 people, including approx­i­mately 150 alumni, attended a grand cel­e­bra­tion of the impact uni­ver­sity leaders, dis­tin­guished fac­ulty and out­standing stu­dents have made on the School of Phar­macy over the last half-​​century.

You may have noticed that the campus has changed, the pro­grams have changed and the people have changed, but at its core, it’s that enduring com­mit­ment to excel­lence that drives us for­ward every day,” John R. Reynolds, dean of the School of Phar­macy, told attendees.

  • School of Pharmacy Dean John Reynolds, Bouvé Dean Terry Fulmer honor Evelyn Neumeyer, ED'78, and John Neumeyer, former professor of medicinal chemistry, at the School of Pharmacy grand celebration. Photos by Heratch Ekmekjian.

  • Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, addresses the audience at Saturday's anniversary dinner event.

  • Joseph Fleming, P'70, MS '71, and Nancy Fleming, P'71, thank the audience for their special honor at the anniversary celebration.

  • John Merianos, P'61, presents Robert Crisafi P'53, with a Kappa Psi award.

  • Attendees at Saturday night's anniversary celebration pose for a photo in the Curry Student Center.

  • Margarita Divall, associate clinical professor, Dean John R Reynolds and Jim Gallagher, P'81, enjoy reminiscing at the anniversary dinner.

  • Kappa Psi fraternity brothers and friends enjoy a special moment at the anniversary event.

  • Richard Deth, professor of pharmacology, presents his research poster to alumni at tours of 140 The Fenway on Saturday afternoon.

  • Pharmacy Students are inducted into the National Community Pharmacy Association Chapter on Friday.

  • Vahrij Manoukian, P'81, joins with other panelists on Friday to speak to students about opportunities for entrepreneurs in independent community pharmacy.

Terry Fulmer, dean of the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences, noted that the excep­tional accom­plish­ments from alumni and stu­dents include an “impres­sive array of suc­cesses in the advance­ment of drug dis­covery, delivery and diag­nos­tics along with our world-​​class edu­ca­tional programs.”

Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice pres­i­dent for aca­d­emic affairs at North­eastern, called the anniver­sary cel­e­bra­tion an impor­tant mile­stone and hailed fac­ulty, staff and alumni for the school’s progress over the last 50 years. He also cred­ited the school for its focus on use-​​inspired research driven by soci­etal needs, noting that health, along with secu­rity and sus­tain­ability, is one of the university’s top research themes.

We know today just how impor­tant health care and effi­cient cost-​​effective delivery of health care is in this country and this school plays a leading role there,” Director said.

A com­mem­o­ra­tive video was also played at the event, cap­turing the school’s his­tory and offering a glimpse into its cutting-​​edge research—which includes uti­lizing nan­otech­nology to combat cancer and devel­oping sub­cu­ta­neous nanosen­sors  that mon­itor blood glu­cose levels.

The event also rec­og­nized sev­eral dis­tin­guished hon­orees who have made pro­found con­tri­bu­tions to the school over the years:

George D. Behrakis, P’57, H’98, and Margo Behrakis
George, a visionary leader in the phar­ma­ceu­tical industry, and Margo Behrakis’ gift led to the founding of the state-​​of-​​the-​​art Behrakis Health Sci­ences Center. The couple has estab­lished chairs and schol­ar­ships at North­eastern and other uni­ver­si­ties and med­ical cen­ters, including the George D. Behrakis Chair in Phar­ma­ceu­tical Biotech­nology at North­eastern. George Behrakis has served on Northeastern’s board of trustees for many years, and was elected life­time trustee emer­itus in 2006 in recog­ni­tion of his lead­er­ship. He also received an hon­orary degree from North­eastern in 1998 and the Out­standing Alumnus Award from the Sport in Society, a North­eastern Uni­ver­sity research center, in 2000.

Joseph Fleming, P’70, MS’71, and Nancy Fleming, P’71
Joseph Fleming, an entre­pre­neur, was named an Alumnus of the Year in 2005, and founded the highly suc­cessful Health Sci­ences Entre­pre­neurs pro­gram at North­eastern. He is chairman of the HSE pro­gram and is active in men­toring young entre­pre­neurs. Nancy Fleming served as an assis­tant director of phar­macy at Peter Bent Brigham Hos­pital and a super­visor of phar­macy at Brigham and Women’s Hos­pital. She has been a spokesperson for the phar­macy alumni out­reach group and a member of the 50th Anniver­sary Committee.

John Neumeyer and Evelyn Neumeyer, ED’78
John Neumeyer, a former pro­fessor of med­i­c­inal chem­istry in the School of Phar­macy, estab­lished Northeastern’s first doc­toral pro­gram (Phar­ma­ceu­tical Sci­ences). In 1981, he was named the university’s first Matthews Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor. He was also recently inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Med­i­c­inal Chem­istry Divi­sion of the Amer­ican Chem­ical Society and was named the 2012 Out­standing Edu­cator of the Amer­ican Asso­ci­a­tion of Phar­ma­ceu­tical Sci­en­tists. Evelyn Neumeyer was hon­ored by North­eastern as the 1992 Out­standing Alumna for Busi­ness and Industry. The couple par­tic­i­pates in the Health Sci­ences Entre­pre­neurs pro­gram and has estab­lished two under­grad­uate schol­ar­ships at Bouvé as well as a Research Achieve­ment Award given annu­ally to a grad­uate stu­dent in the phar­ma­ceu­tical sciences.

The School of Pharmacy’s rich his­tory dates back 85 years to 1927 when Con­stan­tine Meriano founded the Meriano School of Phar­macy in Boston. In 1940, the school was incor­po­rated into the Boston School of Phar­macy, and in 1949 it was renamed the New Eng­land Col­lege of Pharmacy.

Then, in 1962, the col­lege merged with North­eastern to become the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Col­lege of Phar­macy. In 1999, Northeastern’s Bouvé Col­lege of Heath Sci­ences was formed, and it now houses the School of Phar­macy. Ear­lier this year, the school moved to its new loca­tion at 140 The Fenway.

A panel dis­cus­sion, hosted by the Health Sci­ences Entre­pre­neurs, that drew approx­i­mately 75 stu­dents kicked off the 50th anniver­sary cel­e­bra­tion on Friday with alumni com­mu­nity phar­ma­cists high­lighting oppor­tu­ni­ties for entre­pre­neurs in inde­pen­dent com­mu­nity pharmacy.

One of the alumni pan­elists, Vahrij Manoukian, P’81, owner of Hollis Phar­macy in New Hamp­shire, urged stu­dents to con­sider taking an entre­pre­neurial leap and building their own local com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies, which he said requires devel­oping strong rela­tion­ships with cus­tomers and stellar cus­tomer ser­vice. He also noted that Northeastern’s sig­na­ture expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion model gives stu­dents invalu­able real-​​world expe­ri­ence as they begin their careers in pharmacy.

On Sunday, the 50th anniver­sary fes­tiv­i­ties con­cluded with a White Coat Cer­e­mony for the Doctor of Phar­macy program’s Class of 2016. The cer­e­mony for­mally moves stu­dents into the pro­fes­sional phase of their phar­macy edu­ca­tion. George Behrakis P’57, and Afton Wagner, P’07, from the National Com­mu­nity Phar­ma­cists Asso­ci­a­tion, were the keynote speakers at the cer­e­mony. The event was attended by a full house of the stu­dents’ family and friends in Blackman Auditorium.