2006 UW Honorary Citation Report – Weinswig

2006 citation winner

Melvin H. Weinswig, a native of the Boston area, received his BS and MS degress in pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and a PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Illinois. He served on the faculty of the College of Pharmacy at Butler University before coming to Wisconsin.

Weinswig joined the UW staff in 1969 as a professor in continuing education for pharmacy professionals. He became chair of Extension Services in Pharmacy, helping turn the school’s program into the largest pharmacist retraining program in the nation. He served as interim dean for nine months before being chosen to lead the school in 1995.

During his tenure, Weinswig led an unprecedented fund raising campaign to build a $45 million School of Pharmacy building on the west end of the UW campus. Rennebohm Hall, named in honor of UW pharmacy alumnus and former governor Oscar Rennebohm, was completed in 2001 and is the first building specifically designed to house the School of Pharmacy.

Weinswig also oversaw a fundamental transformation in the school’s curriculum. Reflecting the changing role of pharmacists in today’s health care, the UW adopted a four-year PharmD degree.

Weinswig has authored research articles dealing with synthetic and analytical procedures of drugs, continuing pharmaceutical education and drug abuse education. In addition to professional activities and organizations, he has been active in his Temple and other civic organizations.