2004 UW Honorary Citation Report – Forbes

Dr. David Stewart Forbes is dean and professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Montana’s School of Pharmacy & Allied Health Sciences where he has served since 1988.

A native of Elroy, WI, Forbes did his pre-pharmacy work at UW-Eau Claire and moved on to Madison where he earned his BS in Pharmacy in 1968. Subsequently, he earned his master’s of science and doctoral degrees in 1971 an 1973, majoring in pharmacy administration and minoring in law.

Forbes’ academic career began at North Dakota State University’s College of Pharmacy where he advanced to associate professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. In all, he spent 15 years in North Dakota and was honored in 1979 for “Outstanding Service to the Pharmacy Profession in North Dakota.” He served on the Board of Directors at the North Dakota Pharmaceutical Association and was the director of NDSU’s College of Pharmacy’s continuing education activities.

Forbes’ research has examined drug product use in long-term care facilities, pharmacist place-of-practice satisfaction levels, the cost of dispensing prescription medication and the impact of government legislation on pharmacy practice. He has contributed scholastically with his work in ethics, his study on characteristics of professionalism and his significant written work in the domain of pharmacy management.

In Montana, he transformed the school from the “brink of extinction” to one with vital teaching and research programs. He has also overseen a major renovation and pharmacy building expansion.

Recruiting and retaining American Indian pharmacy students has been one of Forbes’ goals throughout his career. Montana’s pharmacy school has been successful in getting the number of Indian scholars to mirror Native Americans’ demographic representation in the state–6%.

This year Forbes was called to present to the US Senate Finance Committee regarding access to and affordability of higher education. More than a third of UM’s pharmacy students are from disadvantaged backgrounds and are the first to receive a higher education in their families.

Forbes was named Pharmacist of the Year by the Montana State Pharmaceutical Association in 1992 and was honored by the University of Montana earlier this year with the Robert Pantzer Award. He was also named the UW Pharmacy Alumni Association’s 2000 Alumnus of the Year.