Mary Jo Cerny
June 3, 1950 - April 15, 2007
Mary Jo Cerny (List keeper for I.P.A.) died on Friday, January 28th, 2005 at the Lutheran Hospital, in Wheatridge, Colorado. Mary Jo's legacy is her gift for helping others. As a leader of International Pharmacists Anonymous, Mary Jo aided colleagues recovering from drug and alcohol use. It is for this selfless service that she will be remembered and missed most.The Nebraska Alumni Association has established a fund in Mary Jo's name that will be used to assist University of Nebraska students.
Mail memorials to:
Nebraska Alumni Association
PO Box 80129
Lincoln, NE 68501
Paul Eric Pancoast
June 3, 1950 - April 15, 2007
Paul Eric Pancoast, 56, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2007, at his home in Roswell, N.M. He is survived by his wife, Charmaine Lindsey Pancoast; two children, Devin and Leanna "CC" Lindsey; parents, Paul V. and Loretto Pancoast of Baton Rouge; sister and brother-in-law, Leslie Walton and Peyton Walton of Lafayette, and their three children; sister, Peggy Bergeron and her three children; and brother and sister-in-law, Thomas M. Pancoast and Bridget Howald Pancoast, all of Baton Rouge. Born in New Orleans, Paul was reared in Lafayette. He earned his Eagle Scout award at the age of 13, at that time the youngest in the state to reach that goal. He excelled in music, playing trumpet as part of his high school band as well as District Honor Band and All State Honor Band. In 1967, he traveled Europe and played trumpet as part of the All Student Groups USA. He attended Judice High School and graduated from Comeaux High School in 1968, receiving the prestigious John Philip Sousa Award.
Paul attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana and LSU and was involved in music at both schools, including the schools' marching bands. He went on to the University of Texas, where he earned a doctor of pharmacology degree. Paul's professional career encompassed various aspects of the medical and pharmacological fields, and he was involved with numerous pharmacological organizations. At all times, he devoted himself to mentoring medical and pharmacy students. In addition, he worked with music students and wrote music for several schools, from Hattiesburg, Miss., to Gulfport, Miss. He performed with his own band, Dr. Rock, as well as the Theatre of Performing Arts Orchestra. Family and friends will dearly miss Paul, but the meaningful work that he was involved with will live on. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Pharmacy Recovery Network, c/o Pancoast, 16143 Antietam Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70817. Visitation at Resthaven Funeral Home on Friday, June 1, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 12424 Brogdon Lane, on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. until Mass at 11 a.m. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. -- Published in The Advocate on 5/31/2007.
Ronald L. Williams
July 30, 1935 - April 26, 2004
Ron was born in Akron, Ohio, the first of four boys. He grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, graduating from Cuyahoga Falls High School in January 1953. He then enrolled at Ohio Northern University, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy in 1957. On graduation he practiced in a community pharmacy in Akron until 1964. At that time he had the opportunity to own and operate a small professional pharmacy in Cuyahoga Falls. Although the pharmacy was successful, Ron realized that he had not achieved the professional satisfaction that he sought. During the time that he was operating the pharmacy, he became involved in local and state association work, where he served as president of both the Summit Country and the Ohio Pharmacy Association. He enrolled in the graduate program at Ohio State University where he became a graduate assistant. He knew that he still had not found what he sought and on the advice of his professor he contacted Dr. William Apple, Executive Director of APhA at that time. In 1968 Ron followed Dr. Apple's suggestion that he move to Washington, DC to begin his career with APhA.
a member of the APhA Staff from 1968 until 1998, he served the Association in many capacities. However, the one thing nearest and dearest to his heart; Ron devoted his untiring attention to improve the health and careers of pharmacists who suffer from alcohol and chemical dependencies. During his career, Ron was instrumental in the development of Pharmacist Recovery Programs (PRNs) that assist pharmacists and student pharmacists who have become impaired by dependence on alcohol and other drugs. Due to Ron’s efforts, countless lives have been saved throughout the years. Ron suffered a fall in his condo in Washington on Wednesday, April 21 and died at the George Washington University Hospital on Monday, April 26, 2004. There was a memorial service held in the rotunda of the APhA Headquarters on May 2, 2004. Ron also served as the long-time coordinator of the Pharmacy Section at the University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies.