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College Mourns Bill Dismukes

Bill Dismukes PhotoWilliam I. (Bill) Dismukes, alumnus and lifelong supporter of the College of Pharmacy, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.

Born Sept. 3, 1926 in Alabama, Dismukes moved to Texas with his family when he was a child.  The family settled in Luling where Bill grew up working in his father's pharmacy. He joined the Navy after graduating from high school, serving three years during World War II aboard destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. 

After completing his Naval career, Dismukes returned home and completed pre-pharmacy classes at what is now Texas State University.  There he met his future wife, Mildred, to whom he was married for 54 years before her death.   He earned his B.S. in pharmacy from UT Austin in 1956, and soon after he and Mildred established Dismukes Pharmacy in Austin. Dismukes Pharmacy remained under the direction of the Dismukes family until it was sold in 1999 to Eckerds. Bill Dismukes is survived by his son, David, three grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

"Bill Dismukes was a true longhorn and great supporter of the College of Pharmacy," said Dean Lynn Crismon.  "He was both the inspiration and the leader in creating and developing our college's endowed scholarship program.  For that alone, countless students, past, present and future, owe him a true debt of thanks." 

During the mid-1980s, Dismukes approached James T. Doluisio, then dean of the college, concerning the need for a permanent endowment to finance student scholarships. In the first year of his effort, Dismukes secured more than $50,000 in contributions and $70,000 in pledges.  During the 1988-89 academic year, 24 students received the first scholarships from the endowment averaging more than $400 each. The program continued to grow and during the 2010-2011 academic year, almost 200 Pharm.D. students received scholarship assistance ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, totaling more than $360,000.

He and his family established the William I. Dismukes Faculty Fellowship in Pharmacy in 1984, and the Bill, Mildred and Chris Dismukes Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Pharmacy in 1997. 

He was awarded many honors from the college including being named recipient of the William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award (1982), and the Legend of Pharmacy Award (1992).  He was also presented the Alan W Hamm Lifetime Achievement Award (2006).

Last Reviewed: November 14, 2011

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