Alumni Association Honors Four
Honorees of the 2013 College of Pharmacy Alumni Association annual awards include:
William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus honoree
Billy Wylie: In his lifetime, Mr. Billy Wylie made outstanding contributions to the pharmacy profession as both a practitioner and educator. Certainly, the tremendous outpouring of support to nominate him for the College of Pharmacy’s most prestigious award demonstrates that Mr. Wylie was, above all else, a beloved friend. Mr. Wylie passed away on March 28, 2013 at age 86 leaving behind a legacy of excellence at his beloved UT College of Pharmacy and an indelible mark on the pharmacy profession. Mr. Wylie was born in Pine Hill, Texas, the youngest of 10 children, and worked on the family farm that sustained them during the Great Depression. After serving in WWII, Mr. Wylie returned to UT (where he previously received a B.S. in chemistry) and earned a B.S. in pharmacy. He was a retail pharmacist for White’s Pharmacy in downtown Austin for 7 years before joining the College of Pharmacy as a faculty member, as well as Director of the Student Health Center pharmacy. He later earned an M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Mr. Wylie is known for having a strong desire to learn and for being an effective communicator and educator. He taught pharmacy practice and pharmacy law at the UT College of Pharmacy for 33 years. Colleagues remember that he demonstrated a great care and passion for pharmacy to the over 3,000 pharmacy students he taught during his career. One friend states, “Mr. Wylie was not only a teacher, but a friend and a professional colleague of the highest standing. We all took a little of Billy Wylie with us into our various pharmacy careers, and we were all much better individuals, as well as pharmacists.” Because of his enduring commitment, Mr. Wylie’s family chose to establish the Billy B. Wylie Scholarship in Pharmacy to ensure that his legacy will continue by helping pharmacy students. Mr. Wylie is predeceased by his wife, Wanda. His daughter, Clare Wylie, will accept this award on his behalf. She is a practicing pharmacist in Austin.
Legend of Pharmacy Award honoree
Rodolfo Davila, Jr. : Mr. Rodolfo Davila, Jr. (“Rudy”) undoubtedly is a shining example of what a true pharmacy legend should be. He has owned and operated Davila Pharmacy, an innovative family-run pharmacy in one of the most impoverished areas of San Antonio, for over 58 years. Mr. Davila opened his pharmacy next door to Davila Food Store, which was established by his family in 1904. The Davilas were known to be a close-knit family that thrived on serving community members and leading economic development in this area. Mr. Davila earned his B.S. in pharmacy from UT in 1955. He and his beloved wife, Dorothy, have two children, Rudy and Rosette, both of whom are pharmacists at Davila Pharmacy. In fact, Rudy’s wife, Jackie, also is a pharmacist. All are UT graduates whose strong loyalty to UT is only surpassed by their loyalty to their namesake pharmacy. In fact, Mr. Davila established a family scholarship in 1999 at UT to support students in financial need. This scholarship is one of the largest endowments in the College of Pharmacy’s history and has contributed to the success of numerous students. Mr. Davila is truly a pharmacy leader and humanitarian: he advocates for independent pharmacies, has been a member of the UT College of Pharmacy Advisory Council for many years, devotes time and resources to improving his community and employing individuals, and is committed to nurturing pharmacy students, especially those with great potential, but limited resources. One colleague notes that Mr. Davila has changed the lives of people in his community by giving them much-needed medical resources, employment opportunities, and by revitalizing the neighborhood. Despite his impressive career and contributions, Mr. Davila is known to be humble, always quietly helping his neighbors, family, and friends.
Distinguished Young Alumnus honoree
Mark Newberry: Dr. Mark Newberry graduated from the UT College of Pharmacy with a Pharm.D. degree in 2003. He is a third-generation owner and President of Tarrytown Pharmacy in Austin, Texas that has been in operation since December 6th, 1941. Dr. Newberry’s grandfather, Jack Newberry, and father, Brian Newberry, also a UT College of Pharmacy graduate, owned and operated the store before him. In 2008, under Dr. Newberry’s leadership, McKesson Drug Company awarded Tarrytown Pharmacy the South Region Pharmacy of the Year for its commitment to patients and community service. It was the first time a pharmacy in Texas was given that honor. One nominator notes that Dr. Newberry has dramatically expanded the scope of pharmacy services at Tarrytown Pharmacy to make his pharmacy among the most innovative and customer-service oriented pharmacies in Austin. Dr. Newberry’s commitment to the College of Pharmacy is strong; though he graduated only 10 years ago, he has served on the time-intensive curriculum committee and is slated to chair the UT College of Pharmacy Advisory Council. He is also a strong supporter of his alma mater’s programs and, in particular, of the student-run health initiative, Project Collaborate, to which he has made a multi-year pledge.
Wm. Arlyn Kloesel Preceptor of the Year honoree
Aida Garza: Dr. Aida Garza is an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist at CommUnityCare Health Centers in Austin, Texas. Previously, she was a relief staff pharmacist at Scott & White and at Wal-Mart. She graduated from the UT College of Pharmacy in 2007 and has been a preceptor for UT students since 2009. One nominator writes that it is evident that Dr. Garza “truly enjoys teaching and mentoring students. She has an excellent way of finding out what a student already knows and expanding on that knowledge.” Another nominator wrote that he appreciated all the time she put into teaching him, including conducting an intense evaluation process. He feels that he will be a more effective pharmacist because of her attention and efforts. Dr. Garza is known to have strong compassion for patients, as one nominator observed that she would take time to teach them about their disease states in a way that motivated them to take an active role in their care. In fact, the nominator wrote, patients would often stop by to say “hello” to her when she was free. Though she only recently graduated from pharmacy school, Dr. Garza’s commitment to the pharmacy profession, to patients, and to students is evident in her outstanding service as a preceptor.
Read about our 2014 honorees here.
Read about our 2012 honorees here.
Read about our 2011 honorees here.
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