2008 UW Honorary Citation Report – Kirking

Citation recipient Dr. Duane Kirking with Dean Jeanette Roberts

Citation recipient Dr. Duane Kirking (left) with Dean Jeanette Roberts (right)

Duane M. Kirking received his BS in pharmacy from the UW School of Pharmacy in 1974. He went on to earn his doctor of pharmacy degree at the University of Kentucky (’77), as well as a master of arts degree in public administration (’79) and a doctor of philosophy degree in Administrative and Social Sciences (’80) at Ohio State University. Kirking joined the University of Michigan faculty as an assistant professor of medical care organization at the School of Public Health and as an assistant professor of pharmacy administration. Kirking served as the department chair and professor of social and administrative sciences until his recent retirement after a 27 year career at Michigan.

During his career, Kirking distinguished himself as an accomplished researcher, academician, and leader. He has presented and published widely on a variety of topics and conducted research related to appropriate medication use and cost-effective medication therapy.

He has been very active in the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), having served as the president of its Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science, as a member of the board of trustees, and as a member of various committees. He also has been active in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). He has been recognized as a fellow of the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science and received the APhA Research Achievement Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2003. Kirking continues his professional involvement as a volunteer member of the USP and a member of the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy Board of Visitors.

Kirking’s record of research and publications, service to the profession through his professional organizational leadership, and distinguished academic career made him a deserving candidate for recognition. He has remained truly loyal to his Wisconsin roots, despite his academic career at the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Marilynn, have contributed generously to the new building fund, to the Wiederholt Distinguished Graduate Fellowship and to an award in Joe Wiederholt’s name to recognize graduate student research.