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Terry Bonecutter Honored at USC Banquet

May 12, 2009

School of Pharmacy Holds Senior/Alumni Banquet
By Elizabeth Chapin on May 12, 2009 9:35 AM

Carla Blieden receives the U.S. Public Health Service Award from Lt. Commander Binh Nguyen, an alumnus of the school, and Lt. Commander Larry Howell.

Walter Cathey ’62 was named outstanding alumnus, and Terry Bonecutter and Paul Gregerson received honorary alumnus awards at the annual Alumni/Senior Awards Banquet held at the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena. Cathey was honored for exceptional professional achievements and distinguished contributions to the school. Cathey works with dean R. Pete Vanderveen as a special assistant on the school’s diversity initiative.

During the course of his career, Cathey has operated pharmacies and held executive positions with national pharmaceutical distributors. He also has handled government contracts for a large health maintenance organization and worked on policy issues for a research and development company.

Gregerson, chief medical officer at the JWCH Institute, and Bonecutter, president and CEO of QueensCare Family Clinics, received awards for their support of the School of Pharmacy and its work in safety net clinics. Both JWCH and QueensCare provide care for underserved populations in Los Angeles, and the school works with the clinics by providing clinical pharmacy services.

The Roche Preceptor of the Year Award went to Matt Moran, senior director of global regulatory affairs at Allergan. Moran was congratulated for his dedicated service to School of Pharmacy students working at Allergan.

Vanderveen welcomed members of the class of 1959 attending the banquet as honored guests in celebration of their 50 years in the profession. Eight members from the class attended, including class president Lloyd Hitt.

The event also recognized the class of 2009. PharmD/MPH candidate Carla Blieden took home the most awards, winning the Margaret and John Biles Leadership Award, the PharmD/MPH Award and the U.S. Public Health Service Award. Also honored with the Merck & Co. Award were graduating students with the highest cumulative grade point average: Xuan Cao, Derenik Gharibian and Tamar Yaralian. At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, class of 2009 president Cher Purificacion addressed the audience.

Associate professor Michael Wincor was the master of ceremonies for the event.



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