2002 UW Honorary Citation Report – Havemeyer

UW Citations recognized outstanding alumni Kenneth Connors Ruth Havemeyer, Vincent Lee, and John Bohlman. They were presented by Dean Mel Weinswig

UW Citations recognized outstanding alumni Kenneth Connors (2nd from L.),
Ruth Havemeyer, Vincent Lee, and John Bohlman. They were
presented by Dean Mel Weinswig (L.)

Dr. Ruth Havemeyer is originally from Long Island City, New York, and first attended school there and in New York City. Her formal pharmacy education began at Columbia University, where she achieved a bachelor’s degree, and at Purdue University, where she received her masters degree in pharmacy. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy in 1960, having achieved her PhD under the guidance of Professor Takeru Higuchi.

Ruth worked as a research scientist in pharmaceutical development six years for the Squibb Institute for Medical Research in New Brunswick, New Jersey, before moving west to join Syntex Research in Palo Alto, California. Ruth was the first female PhD ever hired by Syntex, and enjoyed a varied career there, including positions as a research scientist in pharmaceutical development, as product development/project management manager, and lastly, as the director of Syntex’s research administration and research division budget. She was with Syntex for 28 years before her retirement.

Professionally, Ruth has served as a member and chair of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association’s Research and Development Finance steering committee, as member and chair of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education’s Board of Grants, and in service on the Science Advisory Council of Mills College of Oakland, California. She was active in work for the American Association for the Advancement of Science–as a fellow in Sigma XI. Ruth was honored by the Pharmacy Alumni Association as their Alumna of the Year in 1990 and she contributed significantly during her tenure on the School of Pharmacy’s Board of Visitors, on which she served from 1995 to 1997. For her extraordinary generosity to the University of Wisconsin, she was made a life member of The Bascom Hill Society. In her retirement, Ruth serves her Palo Alto community as a volunteer reader to elementary school children and as a recorder of books for the blind.