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Rho Chi Boblitt Lecture

Sponsored by The Rho Chi Society UH Beta Omicron Chapter and UH College of Pharmacy, the Robert L. Boblitt Lecture Series is held in the fall of each academic year. During the lecture, UH Rho Chi members present the chapter’s Teaching Excellence Award to the outstanding faculty members from the college’s three academic departments.

4:15 pm - 6 pm Wed., Sept. 16, 2015, Max Krost Hall, UH Law Center

"Looking at the Past to See Your Future: The Importance of Lifelong Learning"

Thomas L. Lemke, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, UH College of Pharmacy

About Thomas L. Lemke

Thomas L. Lemke received a baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy in 1962 and became a registered pharmacist in Kansas in 1963. In 1966, he received a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Kansas. After four years with the Upjohn Company, he accepted a position as an assistant professor at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy.

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Over the next six years, Lemke moved through the ranks to Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in the college’s Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences. During this time, he taught in the areas of Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, and Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry, and was one of the founders of the non-pharmacy Drugs and Disease States core course at the University of Houston.

During his tenure at UH, Lemke was involved in statewide continuing pharmacy education; chaired various university and college committees including Admission, Curriculum, and Recruitment within the college; and served on the UH Faculty Senate, Promotion and Tenure Advisory Committee, and Campus Scholarship and Financial Aid Committee.

Lemke was the advisor to the Beta Omicron Chapter of Rho Chi and served as the Rho Chi Regional Councilor and on the Rho Chi Executive Council. Between 1991 and 2004, Lemke was the Associate Dean for Professional Programs and Director of Assessment until his retirement in 2006.

Among the highlights of Lemke’s career was the year he spent in Dr. Jean-Marie Lehn’s laboratoire in Strasbourg, France. Dr. Lehn received the 1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The year that Lemke served on the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Board of Directors and the activities within AACP were invaluable. Yet, most rewarding and important to his career were the years spent teaching and working with students within the college of pharmacy.

Credited to Lemke are the textbooks: Review of Organic Functional Groups, Foye’s Principles of Medicinal Chemistry (as editor and author), and the soon-to-be-released Essentials of Foye’s Principles of Medicinal Chemistry (editor and author).

Following retirement, Lemke held various positions at Loma Linda School of Pharmacy, Texas A&M University College of Pharmacy, and University of Hawaii-Hilo College of Pharmacy.

About Robert L. Boblitt

Robert “Bob” Boblitt, Ph.D., joined the college’s faculty in 1953, shortly after the college’s founding. He served as assistant and associate dean from 1971 unti his retirement in 1987.

After receiving a baccalaureate in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in 1948, Dr. Boblitt completed his Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1953. His honors included membership in Phi Eta Sigma, Rho Chi, Sigma Xi and the   Samuel Melendy Fellowship. He also was the recipient of the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award in 1972.

Boblitt was an extraordinary teacher, a practicing pharmacist and a friend for students. Those who sat in his classroom during the 33 years he taught will always remember how fast he could draw chemical structures and the way in which he skillfully drew structures with one and erased them with the other. He could never have too much information or structures on the chalkboard.

About Rho Chi Society

The Rho Chi Society, pharmacy’s academic honor society established in 1922, encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and fosters fellowship among its members. Further, the Society encourages high standards of conduct and character, and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. Membership is by invitation and based on high academic achievement in the professional curriculum. The UH Beta Omicron chapter of Rho Chi was founded in 1958.

Past Lecturers

Cmdr. Chandima Deegala, 2015 (rescheduled from Fall 2014)
Stuart T. Haines, 2013
Lourdes M. Cuéllar, 2012
Diane Ginsburg, 2011
Judith Jacobi, 2010
John D. Grabenstein, 2009
Cynthia L. Raehl, 2008
Cynthia Brennan, 2007
Bruce Berger, 2006
Traci Metting, 2005
Mustafa Lokhandwala, 2004
Lucinda Maine, 2003
Karen Rascati, 2002
Victoria Roche, 2001