Douglas H. Kay

Douglas H. Kay completed his baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral studies at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) in Boston. He joined the faculty of his alma mater in 1958. He taught organic chemistry for 20 years. During his tenure at MCPHS he held several administrative appointments including chair of the Department of Chemistry, director of the Division of Scientific Studies and dean of Students (1979-1981).

In August 1981, he was appointed dean and professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the School of Pharmacy, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1990, Dr. Kay was appointed dean of the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences when the University established the schoolÕs graduate program as a separate entity from the Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Under Dean KayÕs leadership two new competency/outcome-based professional pharmacy curricula were successfully developed and implemented by the faculty for the five-year B.S. in Pharmacy degree program in 1982 and the six-year Pharm.D. degree program in 1994. 

During his tenure as Dean, the school grew to become the sixth largest pharmacy school nationally in terms of enrollment. The quality of the student body remained strong with about 40 percent of the pharmacy students in the professional program being named to the DeanÕs List each semester. During the ten-year period (1988-1998) the graduate school enrollment tripled to about 50 students equally divided between M.S. and Ph.D. programs in pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry and pharmacology/toxology.

Internationally, faculty Collaboration/Exchange Agreements were established between the School of Pharmacy and the Schools of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Kobe Gakuin University in Kobe, Japan in 1991 and Beijing Medical University in Beijing, China in 1997.

Dr. Kay was active at the national level in several pharmacy organizations. He served the Rho Chi Honor Society as National Secretary (1977-81), national vice-president (1981-83), and as national president (1984-86). He was editor of the Report of Rho Chi from 1977-83.  He received the organizationÕs Distinguished Service Award in 1988 and 1998. He served the Phi Delta Chi Fraternity as grand vice president of Collegiate Affairs (1967-69), grand president (1969-71) and grand past president (1971-73). He served as a member of the fraternityÕs Board of Counselors from 1986-1998.

Dr. Kay was actively involved in AACP activities as both a member of the Council of Faculties and Council of Deans. He served as chair of the Council of Faculties Nominating Committee (1975-76) and Resolutions Committee (1977-78). He was a member of the Academic Affairs Committee in 1979-80. On the Council of Deans he served as a member (1979-90) and chair (1980-81) of the Resolutions Committee; as Secretary (1983-1987); as chair-elect (1987), and as chair (1987-88) and immediate past chair (1988-1990). From 1987-1990 he was a member of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Kay is a registered pharmacist in both Maine and Massachusetts. His research interests include pharmacy education at national and international levels, faculty development, pharmacy student recruitment strategies, enrollment statistics and trends. Dr. Kay has received many honors and awards during his professional career. A complete listing is available at He was a member of the NACDS Pharmacy Education Advisory Committee (1988-1998) and Walgreens Pharmacy Advisory Council (1993-1998).

In July 1998, he retired as dean after a 40-year career in Pharmacy Education. He was honored by Duquesne University by being designated as both dean and professor emeritus. The Pharmacy Class of 2000 also honored Dean Kay by planting a beautiful dogwood tree accompanied by an engraved bronze plaque o

Douglas H. Kay



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