2015 UW Honorary Citiation Report – Hefle

Citation recipient Louis Hefle (left) with Dean Steve Swanson (right)

Citation recipient Louis Hefle (left) with Dean Steve Swanson (right)

Upon returning from four years of military service during the Korean War, Louis Hefle entered the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. Following graduation in 1958 with a B.S. degree in pharmacy Hefle was employed as a staff pharmacist in both community and institutional pharmacies. During this time he served as a resource faculty member for the UW-Madison Extension Services in Pharmacy at the Fall and Spring Institutes and the Education Telephone Network.

For 29 years he was a full-time faculty member at the Milwaukee Area Technical College developing basic pharmacology and drug administration curriculum and continuing education programs for eight health occupations. This included teaching classes in nursing, dental hygiene, respiratory therapy, medical assisting, occupational therapy and surgical technician programs. He developed the pharmacy section of a pilot Medication Assistant program for the Wisconsin Department of Health. He also developed the curriculum for a one year diploma program for pharmacy technicians. Until his retirement in 2013, he was self-employed as a pharmacy services consultant to small and specialized hospitals, as well as numerous long term care facilities. He served on the steering committee for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Pharmacy Project for Life Long Learning for Pharmacists and was a member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin Technician Project. He was also involved with the UW Extension in Nursing—instructing at various campuses. Additional past involvement as a pharmacist on health-related committees included corporate member of the Health Systems Agency of Southeastern Wisconsin, co-chairman of the Regional Facilities committee, Chairman of the Nursing Review committee, member of the AD Hoc committee for Nursing Home Guidelines, and member of the Ozaukee County Public Health Home Health Committee. Through his Ozaukee County Public Home Health Committee he partnered with the Ozaukee County Nutrition and Public Health program to provide instruction on management of medications to senior audiences.

Included in his other board service is a member of the Board of Directors for Autism, Brain Injury and the Epilepsy Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, member of the Ames National Diabetic Council for which he provided articles for the “Diabetes In The News” publication. Hefle’s experience and expertise has been recognized through national speaking invitations including keynote speaker at the National Convention of the American Pharmaceutical Association in Montreal on Consultant Pharmacy in Long Term Care Facilities, teaching the Pharmacy Section of the state wide Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Course, and presentations to the American College of Nursing Home Administrators. Hefle has been active in his community as a Plan Commissioner for 12 years for the Town of Grafton, member of the Ozaukee County Pandemic Committee, and member of the Ozaukee County Smart Growth Committee. His horticultural know-how has allowed Hefle to continue to provide leadership and mentoring in an area that gives him great joy—roses. He is a member of the American Rose Society, and was recently awarded the “Master Rosarian Certification.” He is the recipient of the North Central District of the American Rose Society 2014 “Outstanding Consulting Rosarian Award,” member of the Greater Milwaukee Rose society and past president of the organization, member of the UW Extension Master Gardener Program, Certified Master Gardener, and presently chairman of the Education Committee of the Ozaukee Master Gardeners.