Spring 2010

Beloved Professor Honored through
Endowed Scholarship

Roger Ketcham
Roger Ketcham

After a grueling couple of hours in organic chemistry class, Gordon Dow, PharmD '65, and his classmates would go out for beer and pizza. Their professor, Roger Ketcham, PhD, would join them.

"Roger's class was tough, and it wasn't my favorite," Dow remembers. "But the point is that Roger was there for the students – graduate and undergraduate, alike. He provided a very human side of a busy academic institution. And interesting intellectual discussion, too."

The first person Dow met when he interviewed at the School of Pharmacy was Ketcham. "From that day through my entire four years on the hill of Parnassus, Roger's door was always open to talk about whatever issues were on my mind. He was always supportive," Dow says fondly.

Now Dow and his wife, Joanne, have made a gift of $200,000 to establish an endowed scholarship in his beloved professor's name. Gordon and Joanne Dow believe that support for students is more important than ever with rising tuition and other student costs. He says, "I consider myself fortunate to have been educated at such a prestigious pharmacy school. It's given me a rewarding career in terms of job satisfaction, contribution to society and financial security."

In the years since he graduated, Dow has built a successful career. He founded Dow Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1977, a company focused on developing new dermatologic products. He's still chief technical officer there.

Ketcham joined the faculty at the UCSF School of Pharmacy in 1956, receiving numerous teaching awards over the course of his career. Although he retired in 1991, Ketcham continued to teach his courses on the organic aspects of pharmaceutical chemistry for seven more years as a volunteer.

"I am deeply touched that Gordon is establishing a scholarship in Roger's name," says Dean Mary Anne Koda-Kimble. "All students who passed through the school in the past four to five decades know Dr. Ketcham well – not only for his passion in the classroom, but for his devotion to them in their work and play outside of the classroom, as well."

Roger Ketcham Endowed Scholarship Fund

Honor Roger Ketcham by making a contribution to the Roger Ketcham Endowed Scholarship fund. Gifts can be made online at, over the phone by calling 415/476-1336, or by mail at the address below. Please make your check payable to "UCSF Foundation" and write "Roger Ketcham Endowed Scholarship Fund" in the memo space on the check.

Roger Ketcham Endowed Scholarship Fund • UCSF P.O. Box 45339 • San Francisco CA, 94145-0339

For additional information about the fund, contact Marie Parfitt-Pattie at 415/476-9806 or

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Making a Legacy Gift to the School of Pharmacy

A legacy gift to the UCSF School of Pharmacy is one way you can invest in the education of future generations of pharmacists and help the school to maintain its leadership role in health sciences.

To include a bequest to the School of Pharmacy in your estate plans, just include language such as the following in your will or living trust:

"I give to the University of California, San Francisco Foundation, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation, (the sum of $__________) (the residue of my estate) (___% of the residue of my estate) to be used for the benefit of the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy."

If you are interested in making a bequest or learning more about the advantages of other gift planning vehicles such as life income plans, please contact the Office of Gift & Endowment Planning at 415/476-1475 or

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