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Pharmacy campus dean retires after 40 yrs

After 40 years of service to MUSC and the profession of pharmacy, Arnold Karig, Ph.D., is retiring.
Dr. Arnold Karig

As of Jan. 31, the MUSC campus dean of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy will officially retire, having been an active part of the training of more than 2,000 student pharmacists. The MUSC board of trustees honored him with a citation at the Dec. 10 board meeting.
“The sum of his influence over pharmacy is felt throughout the state and the nation,” said Joseph T. DiPiro, PharmD, executive dean of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. “I have always valued and appreciated Arnold’s service to the College and University as well as his assistance to me. No matter the challenge, Arnold always brought to the table good practical sense, a calm demeanor, honesty and fairness—as well as a regular joke and good sense of humor to lift our spirits.”
Karig’s vast contributions to MUSC have included service in many capacities, most recently as MUSC campus dean of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. He joined the MUSC faculty in 1970 and has served previously as assistant dean, associate dean and interim dean of the MUSC College of Pharmacy. He has risen through the ranks from assistant professor to full professor and also has served as chairman of Community Pharmacy Practice and Administration. Prior to coming to MUSC, his professional experience included a residency at the University of Iowa hospitals and teaching assignments in clinical pharmacy at Purdue University.
“Dr. Karig has served the Medical University and the College of Pharmacy during a long and distinguished career,” said Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., president of MUSC. “He has excelled in every domain—teaching, service, research and administration. He is wise and caring and will be deeply missed by his many colleagues and friends throughout MUSC.”
Karig received his doctorate in clinical pharmacy from Purdue University. He earned a Master of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Iowa. Additionally, he received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Rutgers University College of Pharmacy and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biology from Rutgers University-Newark College of Arts and Sciences.
His awards and honors through the years are too numerous to mention. Some of his more recent accolades include winning the MUSC Foundation’s Distinguished Faculty Service Award in 2007, the SCPhA’s Bowl of Hygeia Award in 2000 and Pharmacist Recognition Award in 1998. Last year he was presented with the MUSC College of Pharmacy Alumni Association’s Honorary Alumnus Award.
DiPiro has asked Karig to continue to work with the college part time on some of its ongoing projects, including finalizing the accreditation process and the fundraising campaign for MUSC’s new pharmacy building.
“When you talk to Arnold, two passions of his become evident: One is support for students, their education and their general well being,” DiPiro said. “The second passion is a new building for the College of Pharmacy.”


Friday, Jan. 29, 2010

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