The Sonderegger Research Center (SRC) was begun in 1985 with a grant from the Rennebohm Foundation to honor John L. Sonderegger, accountant for the Madison-based Rennebohm pharmacies.

Dean August Lemberger and Professor Joseph Wiederholt recognized the need for a health services research center in pharmacy. Changes in financing, organization, and roles in pharmacy led them to work with the Rennebohm Foundation to secure funding for the SRC.