Leonard Schaeffer Receives Honorary Alumnus Award

Dr.Leonard SchaefferLast spring, when Leonard Schaeffer was announced as the recipient of the USC School of Pharmacy Alumni Association 2012 Honorary Alumnus Award, he was unable to attend the event to formally receive the recognition.

So as a way to honor him, Dean Vanderveen hosted a small dinner on January 15 to finally present the award to Schaeffer. Vanderveen thanked Schaeffer for the support and insight he had brought to the School through his support and endowment of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, a collaboration between the School of Pharmacy and the Price School of Public Policy.

When presenting the award, Vanderveen said, “Professor Leonard Schaeffer, you have transformed our university into a global leader in taking on the challenges of health care with evidence-based research that will blaze the path for policy for decades to come.”

USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett also spoke at the intimate event, noting that the Schaeffers (Leonard and his wife, Pamela) are “often at USC functions interacting with students, faculty and alumni, voicing their support for our mission to create consequential research that changes policy.” Provost Garrett ended her introduction of Mr. Schaeffer with this thought, “As his career demonstrates, Leonard has always aimed for excellence, which is why President Nikias’ oft-stated goal of placing USC in the ranks of the undisputed elite research universities has resonated so strongly with him. Let us acknowledge a leader, benefactor, teacher and friend – Professor Leonard Schaeffer.”

The night also featured brief remarks from Associate Professor Geoffrey Joyce, director of health policy at the Schaeffer Center. Dolly Harris, president of the School’s Alumni Association, joined Dean Vanderveen in presenting the Honorary Alumnus plaque.

During his comments, Schaeffer mentioned that his first job was in his father’s pharmacy in Chicago. In addition to the plaque, Vanderveen presented Schaeffer with a white coat, inscribed with his name followed by “Honorary Pharmacist.”

The night concluded with Schaeffer trying on his white coat. “I just wish my father was here to see this,” he said.