2001 UW Honorary Citation Recipients


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Cindy Benning

Citation recipients Anthony Sinkula, Bruce Scott, Erwin Dohmen, and Cindy Benning with Dean Mel Weinswig.

Citation recipients (left to right) Anthony Sinkula, Bruce Scott,
Erwin Dohmen, and Cindy Benning with Dean Mel Weinswig.

Cindy Benning graduated with a BS Pharmacy degree from the UW School of Pharmacy in 1977, at which time she joined the pharmacy staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Milwaukee. Since 1982, she has been involved in pharmacy at retail, clinic, and long term care sites in the Milwaukee area, serving as staff pharmacist and in a consulting capacity. She is also currently a clinical staff pharmacist and manager of operations for the Pharmacy Department at Columbia Hospital. She has served as chair and is currently a member of the Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board and the Pharmacy Internship Board, and held the office of president of the Wisconsin Society of Hospital Pharmacists and the Pharmacy Alumni Association. She is a member of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the Multistate Jurisprudence Examination Review Committee, and the Milwaukee Area Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program Advisory Committee. Cindy has been a member of the School of Pharmacy’s Board of Visitors since 1995, and has served for many years as a preceptor for the internship and clerkship programs. Her service to the community does not stop with her role as pharmacist; she has been a volunteer fire fighter and registered emergency medical technician, coached girls’ high school softball for six years, and has been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. In 1992, Cindy was selected by the Wisconsin Society of Hospital Pharmacists as its Pharmacist of the Year.


Erv Dohmen

Citation recipients Anthony Sinkula, Bruce Scott, Erwin Dohmen, and Cindy Benning with Dean Mel Weinswig.

Citation recipients (left to right) Anthony Sinkula, Bruce Scott,
Erwin Dohmen, and Cindy Benning with Dean Mel Weinswig.

Erv Dohmen entered the School of Pharmacy upon completion of service in the US Navy during World War II. He graduated with a BS Pharmacy degree in 1950, continuing his employment with the F. Dohmen Company of Germantown, Wisconsin, a distributor of pharmaceuticals and health and beauty aids. He devoted his entire career to the development of the F. Dohmen Company into one of the largest companies of its kind in the country. From 1982-1990, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer, and is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Erv served as Chair of the National Wholesale Druggists’ Association, and was selected in 1990 to receive the Merck, Sharp and Dohme award for outstanding achievement in the profession of pharmacy. He is a former president of the Wisconsin Pharmacy Alumni Association, and served on the School of Pharmacy’s Board of Visitors from 1989-1994. He has also been active in community affairs, as a member of the School Board of Nicolet High School, the Rotary Club of Milwaukee and the Salvation Army Advisory Board, which awarded him a Certificate of Life Membership in 1997.


Bruce Scott

Citation recipients Anthony Sinkula, Bruce Scott, Erwin Dohmen, and Cindy Benning with Dean Mel Weinswig.

Citation recipients (left to right) Anthony Sinkula, Bruce Scott,
Erwin Dohmen, and Cindy Benning with Dean Mel Weinswig.

Bruce Scott is a 1979 graduate of the School of Pharmacy. He obtained a Masters degree in Pharmacy Practice from the University of Kansas, where he also completed a residency. Bruce is currently Vice President of Resource Management for Allina Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis. His career has also included positions as Assistant Director of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Director of Pharmacy and Vice President of Operations at United Hospital in St. Paul, and most recently, Vice President of Pharmacy Operations for Allina. He also holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

Bruce has been recognized as a Fellow in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He received the Hallie Bruce Memorial Lecture Award from the Minnesota Society of Health System Pharmacists and the John Webb Lecture Award from Northeastern University College of Pharmacy, both for sustained contributions to the pharmacy profession in Minnesota. Bruce has played an active role in professional organizations, most recently as President of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, and as a member of its Board of Directors. He was a member of the Task Force of the Scope of Pharmacy Practice Project, and is a founding member of the National Academy of Practice in Pharmacy. He was also president of the Minnesota Society of Hospital Pharmacists. Bruce has a special interest in issues regarding leadership in health care, the integration of pharmacy practice into health care delivery systems, and patient safety. He has published several articles and chapters, and has given many national and international presentations on various topics in health care.


Tony Sinkula

Citation recipients Anthony Sinkula, Bruce Scott, Erwin Dohmen, and Cindy Benning with Dean Mel Weinswig.

Citation recipients (left to right) Anthony Sinkula, Bruce Scott,
Erwin Dohmen, and Cindy Benning with Dean Mel Weinswig.

Tony Sinkula completed a BS Pharmacy degree at the UW in 1959, and then left for The Ohio State University, where he received his MS and PhD in organic medicinal chemistry in 1961 and 1963, respectively. The next thirty years of his career were spent with the Upjohn company, first as a research scientist, and then moving through the ranks to Director of Corporate Research Planning. Upon his retirement from Upjohn, he served as a consultant and expert witness to the pharmaceutical industry. He is currently Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer for West Pharmaceutical Services of Lionville, Pennsylvania.

Tony has served pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences as president and founding member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists; as Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Development Subsection of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), and as a member of the Pharmaceutics Advisory Committee of the PhRMA Foundation. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Pharmaceutical Research. He has been a member of our Board of Visitors since 1996, and serves in a similar capacity with the Colleges of Pharmacy at both Ohio State and the University of Illinois. He was a Visiting Professor at the Royal Danish School of Pharmacy in Copenhagen from 1993-1996, and is currently a consultant to the National Cancer Institute.

Tony received the Upjohn Award for Distinguished Service from the Royal Danish School of Pharmacy, in recognition of his scientific contributions to pharmaceutical science and his pioneering research in the fields of prodrug chemistry and biology. He is a Fellow of the National Institutes of Mental Health and of AAPS, and was awarded the Jack Beal Postbaccalaureate Award by the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, for distinguished service to the pharmaceutical sciences and the professional practice of Pharmacy. He was also recognized by AAPS last year with the its Past President’s Award, for 30 years of commitment and dedication to that organization.