2007 UW Honorary Citation Report – Thompson

Pictured with Dean Jeanette Roberts in the School of Pharmacy are 2007 UW Citation Award recipients Dr. Michael A. Schwartz, Judith E. Thompson, Michael J. Dow and Dr. John J. Merianos.

Pictured with Dean Jeanette Roberts in the School of Pharmacy are 2007 UW Citation Award recipients (l to r) Dr. Michael A. Schwartz, Judith E. Thompson, Michael J. Dow and Dr. John J. Merianos.Michael J. Dow and Dr. John J. Merianos.

Judith E. Thompson, a native of Plymouth, WI, earned a BS in pharmacy from the University of Madison in 1967 and an MS in hospital pharmacy from the University of Texas in 1969. She practiced at UW Hospital before returning to the UW to teach pharmaceutics and serve as assistant to the dean in the early 1970s. She later worked as a community pharmacist while raising her two sons (David and John) before returning to UW-Madison permanently as a pharmaceutics lectcurer in 1984. She retired as clinical associate professor emerita in 2005.

Thompson’s scholarly interests focused on extemporaneous compouding of non-sterile and sterile drug preparations. She has also published on the topics of teaching student pharmacists effective communication skills and the use of database management systems to create educational materials for teaching patient care. The 3rd edition of the textbook for which she is lead author, A Practical Guide to Contemporary Pharmacy Practice, is in process, scheduled for March 2008 completion. This book has been translated into Spanish and Portugese and is now used by school of pharmacy and pharmacy practitioners internationally, as well as by over 30 colleges of pharmacy in the United States. In line with her research interests, she has served the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) in various volunteer capacities for more than a decade.

Thompson led by being an energetic instructor and capable administrator. From 1985 to 2005 she taught the Drug Delivery Systems Laboratories courses. One of the most enjoyable aspects of teaching for Thompson was working with students to achieve an understanding of pharmaceutical calculations. She earned 11 anual teaching awards at Wisconsin as voted by pharmacy student classes or the Pharmacy Student Senate. In 1995 she received the James Underkofler Award, the highest award given in the UW System for teaching excellence.

Professor Thompson served the UW SoP as associate dean for student affairs for eight years. In this capacity, the students’ personal and professional concerns were always treated with the highest regard and warmth. As associate dean, she chaired theh PharmD Admissions Committee. She contributed for over a decade to the School’s Educational Policy & Planning Committee, during which it implemented the Doctor of Pharmacy program as the entry-level pharmacy degree. She also chaired for many years the School’s committees focused on student academic progress, scholarships, and student-faculty relations. She represented the School on numerous UW committees focused on student affairs, assessment and academic advising. Professor and Dean Emeritus George Zografi commented on Thompson’s career saying, “She literally has done it all and at the highest levels of expended energy, competence and enthusiasm.”

Presently, Thompson continues a major commitment with USP as vice chair of the Compounding Pharmacy Expert Committee and she “greatly enjoys contact with pharmacists and former students who email or call her with compounding questions.” She recently enjoyed travel to Cape Cod and the Maine coast with her husband Wayne. Her proudest moment to date in retirement has been “overcoming her great fear of heights,” having conquered Moro Rock with her sons while backpacking in Sequoya National Park. She says she is grateful for a supportive, blended family throughout her career; she hopes in retirement that she will have more time to spend with her five children, their spouses and friends, and grandsons Jared, Jacob and Max.