2011 UW Honorary Citation Report – Lipowski

Citation recipient Dr. Earlene Lipowski with Dean Jeanette Roberts and Brian Mc Ilhone

Citation recipient Dr. Earlene Lipowski (center) with Dean Jeanette Roberts (right)
and Brian Mc Ilhone (left)

Dr. Earlene Lipowski earned her first pharmacy degree in 1972. Among the highlights of her time at the UW School of Pharmacy was meeting Gary Lipowski, her classmate and future husband. Earlene worked as a pharmacist at Beaver Dam Community Hospital and as consultant pharmacist at the Lakeview Nursing Home for a number of years while Gary realized his ambition of owning and operating a successful community pharmacy in DeForest.

Earlene received her MS in pharmacy in 1983 and continued on to earn her PhD in 1990 at Gary’s urging and with the endorsement of their children Cathy and Steve. She accepted a faculty position at the University of Florida in 1990 and currently is Professor of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at that institution.

Earlene became an American Foundation for Pharmacy Education Fellow as a student at UW-Madison. She nurtured an interest in public policy that was seeded at the UW Madison Center for Health System Research and Analysis and spent one year as a Congressional Fellow, working as a staff member for the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. In 2006, she was named the Donald C. Brodie Academic Scholar-in-Residence by the American Pharmacists Association, including a term as President of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science and member of the APhA Board of Trustees. She is an APhA Fellow and perennial member of the APhA House of Delegates.

The UW-Madison connection has served her well, creating an instant network at the University of Florida where the first three deans were all Badger alumni. Badger pharmacy alumni have welcomed her on several teaching trips to Thailand and all points in between. Children Cathy and Steve have carried on the family tradition with degrees from UW-Madison; both met and married UW graduates, and together with other Badger alum among aunts, uncles, and cousins – are busy raising a new generation of Badger grandchildren: Luke, Anne, Andrew and Jane.