2004 UW Honorary Citation Report – Marcus

Arnold D. Marcus is a native New Yorker and the son of a Brooklyn pharmacist. He earned his BS from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in 1946 and his MS from Purdue University in 1949. After teaching pharmaceutical chemistry at Drake University, he returned to graduate school at the UW School of Pharmacy in 1952, earning his PhD in 1954.

In the 12 years following his doctorate, Marcus held the positions of assistant professor of pharmacy at Rutgers University and manager of pharmaceutical research & development for Merck and Company. There, he led important studies on drug stabilization and the formulation of drug products, earning Merck’s Board of Directors’ Award for Research Achievement in 1964. In 1966 he became a director of research coordination at Bristol-Myers Squibb. His research in the areas of dissolution and bioavailability led to over 50 significant publications and patents.

Through his active role in the area of drug bioavailability and related pharmaceutical sciences, Marcus was elected a Fellow of the Acaademy of Pharmaceutical Sciences and served as chair of the Academy’s Industrial Pharmaceutical Technology section and as member-at-large on the Academy’s Executive Committee. He is also a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

At Bristol-Myers Squibb he was named associate director of research and development. He later obtained his law degree from Rutgers University in 1979 and advanced to the position of director of regulatory affairs, a position he held until his retirement.

During his career, Marcus gave considerable time as a curricululm development consultant to public school systems. He also made particular efforts to help pharmaceutical science undergraduate and graduate students understand their options and opportunities within the pharmacy profession.

Since 1992, he has headed a consulting firm, Arnold D. Marcus & Associates.