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Memoir

Giles G. Bole Jr.
Regents' Proceedings 68

Eddie L. Boyd, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy and clinical pharmacist at the University Hospitals, retired from active faculty status on August 31, 2003.

Professor Boyd received his Pharm.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1970. He joined the University of Michigan faculty as an assistant professor in 1971 and was promoted to associate professor in 1977. He earned his M.S. degree in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan in 1989 and served as interim head of the clinical sciences faculty from 1999-2000 and associate chair for the Department of Clinical Sciences from 2000-01. Professor Boyd played an important role in the development of the clinical pharmacy program, and he was instrumental in establishing new clinical practice sites for ambulatory care students. He was a leader in the college's conversion from a B.S. degree program to the Pharm.D. professional degree program, which is now the national standard.

Professor Boyd was also involved in minority student recruitment and retention efforts and helped secure federal funding to support a program that was the foundation of the college's continual, successful efforts to create a diverse student body. Though his research focused on a variety of issues, Professor Boyd was particularly interested in the use of alternative medicines among African Americans. This research and other projects related to self-care led to the creation of a popular, required course on nonprescription drug therapeutics for pharmacy students. His latest research efforts focus on the use of oxyetazoline as a lower-risk alternative to epinephrine when used to control gum bleeding during oral surgery.

Professor Boyd was an active member of the Michigan Board of Pharmacy for many years and was influential in resolving pharmacy law issues within Michigan. He used this experience to teach pharmacy law and to serve as a resource to community pharmacy practitioners. He was recently honored with a Career Service Award by the Association of Black Professionals, Administrators, Faculty, and Staff at the University. The Regents now salute this distinguished and dedicated educator by naming Eddie L. Boyd associate professor emeritus of pharmacy.