Remembering Martin Barr

Martin Burr in 1972
Martin Barr in the 1972 Wayne Pharmic Yearbook

Martin Barr, age 92, former dean of the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, died Friday, Sept. 7. 2018. The funeral was held Sunday, Sept. 9, at Ira Kaufman Chapel in Southfield.

Barr arrived at Wayne State University in 1961 as professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences  following an 11-year career at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now University of the Sciences) – a career highlighted by his receipt of the Ebert Prize, the nation's highest award in pharmaceutical research. Barr became dean of EACPHS in 1964 and served in that role for eight years before being named a Wayne State vice president. In 1982, he returned to lead the expanded college. 

During his long and distinguished career, Barr was a dynamic force in the community and the pharmacy profession, particularly through the establishment of high quality educational and health care programs. At Wayne State, the PharmD program is the direct result of his vision and leadership, and he shaped the undergraduate curriculum in pharmacy as well as the college's strong research programs. He also played a pivotal role in the development of Detroit Receiving Hospital and the University Health Care Center in the DMC.

Those who wish to honor Barr's memory are invited to make a contribution to the Martin Barr Lecture Series Endowment Fund, established to reflect his dedication and commitment to educational excellence. The annual program focuses on the development of health care policy, laws and ethics relevant to the pharmaceutical community.

If giving online, please note the fund ("Martin Barr Endowed Lecture Fund") in the "Other designation or notes about gift" field on the online giving form.

Checks may be mailed to:

Wayne State University
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Attn: Martin Barr Endowed Lecture Fund
259 Mack Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

For more information, contact Denise Thomas at 313-577-1095 or

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