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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.

1 pm - 3 pm Thurs., Oct. 5, 2017
Classrooms 3048 and 3050, Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2

"Who We Are and Who We Ought to Be - An Ethical Look at Pharmacists' Obligations to Patients and Society"

Kenneth R. Baker, BS Pharm, J.D.
Attorney, Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA, Phoenix, Ariz.
Consultant, Ken Baker Consulting
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Midwestern University College of Pharmacy
Instructor, University of Wyoming College of Pharmacy

About Ken Baker

Ken Baker is a pharmacist and an attorney. In addition to his position as consultant with several companies, including Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company, Baker practices law, of counsel, with the Phoenix, Ariz., law firm of Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA. His areas of concentration are medical and pharmacy malpractice and administrative law. Ken also writes, consults and lectures on subjects ranging from pharmacy law, pharmacy compounding, insurance, risk management, reducing medication errors and quality assurance systems and has served as expert witness in standards of pharmacy practice.

In addition to consulting and law practice, Ken teaches as Adjunct Assistant Professor at MidWestern University College of Pharmacy in Glendale, Ariz., where he teaches courses in Ethical Decision Making and a course in Risk Management & Patient Safety. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Florida, where he teaches three courses (State Regulations; Enterprise Risk Management; and Pharmaceutical Crimes) in the Masters of Pharmacy Internet program. Baker is also an instructor in the University of Wyoming Masters in Pharmacy program, where he teaches DEA – Drug Enforcement Administration. Previously, Baker taught Pharmacy Law & Ethics at the University of Iowa.

Following graduation from Purdue University School of Pharmacy, Baker practiced pharmacy prior to returning to law school. He worked in independent and chain pharmacies and managed a chain pharmacy in Indianapolis, Ind. Upon graduation from Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis (Cum Laude), Baker entered law practice in Lebanon, Ind., where he practiced general trial law, including service as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Boone County, Ind.

Ken practiced law for several years before joining Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company, where he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for 20 years. He was Executive Vice President of PMC Quality Commitment, Inc., a Pharmacists Mutual subsidiary. Baker served for two years as the Executive Director of the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board in Washington, D.C.

Baker is past president of the American Society for Pharmacy Law and the Iowa Pharmacy Foundation.

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

Christopher Alvarado, 2016
Thomas L. Lemke, 2015
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