Morrow to Receive 2008 Weaver Medal of Honor

The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences is pleased to announce that the 2008 Weaver Medal of Honor will be awarded to Richard Morrow, GR'83, the Ellis and Nelle Levitt distinguished professor of pharmacology.  He earned a BS in pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati in 1968 and his PhD in pharmacology from Indiana University Medical Center in 1972.  Morrow received his MBA from Drake University in 1983.  Since joining the CPHS faculty in 1972, his career has been marked by leadership, commitment to his students and service to the profession.

As a key member of the CPHS faculty, Morrow has chaired a variety of committees and task forces.  He has been a faculty adviser to a number of student groups, including SAPhA (now referred to as APhA-ASP), Rho Chi, and Phi Lambda Sigma honor societies, and Kappa Psi fraternity.  Having taught more than 20 different courses, he was twice recognized by the student body as College Teacher of the Year.  In addition, he was recognized in 1998 when he was named the Ellis and Nelle Levitt distinguished professor of pharmacology.

During his tenure, Morrow has also worked in a variety of administrative roles within the college, including chair of the division of pharmacy sciences and both as assistant and associate dean of the college.  He has served as interim dean of the college three times.  As an administrator, Morrow developed and implemented the combined pharmacy/law program, and served as liaison with the Iowa Methodist School of Nursing.

Morrow's leadership extends beyond the college.  He has been involved in a number of key University committees, among them the President's Cabinet, University Senate, Faculty Senate (two terms as president), Strategic Planning Commission, President's Advisory Board and the university Budget Committee.

His professional involvement includes membership in the American Heart Association, American Physiological Society, the Mercy Medical Center Institutional Review Board and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.  He is a longtime member of the Iowa Pharmacy Association, currently holding the position of honorary president.

Morrow has also served as a consultant for the Veteran's Administration, Druggists Mutual Insurance and the Illinois Office of Education.

The college invites former students, professional colleagues and friends of the University to this event honoring Morrow's dedication and service to Drake and to the pharmacy profession.  The award ceremony and lecture will take place on Wednesday April 23, 2008, in Sheslow Auditorium, Old Main, on the Drake campus at 1pm.  A reception will follow from 4 to 6pm at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines, Iowa.

Morrow has impacted many individuals during his career at Drake.  As we prepare to recognize his legacy with the Weaver Medal of Honor, we are looking for stories from his former students and professional colleagues.  If you have a memory of him you'd like to share, please contact Marilea Chase at 1-800-44-DRAKE x 1814 or

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