In Memoriam

Dr.Lee KlevensDr. Lee Klevens, known by friends and colleagues as Buzzy, served on the Board of Councilors since 2004 where he was an active participant on the Innovative Practice Models Committee. A dedicated and enthusiastic Trojan, Klevens was a major donor to the school and a committed presence at USC events.

“The School of Pharmacy will miss Dr. Klevens,” says Dean R. Pete Vanderveen. “Buzzy always provided thoughtful and interesting practice ideas at our meetings, made himself available to our students as a mentor and facilitated our student rotations at Riverside County Medical Center. He was a positive force in our profession.”

Dr. Klevens was the director of the Department of Pharmacy Services at the Riverside County Medical Center and Clinics. There he advocated for advanced practice models in clinical pharmacy services, allowing him to provide exemplary care and training sites for pharmacy student rotations. His team at Riverside includes many USC School of Pharmacy alumni.

A great supporter of students, Dr. Klevens was especially enthusiastic at the School’s white coat ceremony in August 2009 when the Class of 2013 took their place in the School. On the stage that day, Dr. Klevens coated his very own daughter, Ashlee Klevens. Ashlee just completed her second year in the PharmD program.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be directed to the USC School of Pharmacy for the Lee “Buzzy’ Klevens Endowed Scholarship. Checks may be mailed to the USC School of Pharmacy, 1985 Zonal Avenue – #711, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9121.

Friends and family are invited to remember Dr. Klevens on Thursday, May 26, 2:00 PM, at the First Christian Church, 1207 Main Street, Huntington Beach. For more information, contact the Klevens family by E-mail at

Photo Caption: Dr. Lee “Buzzy” Klevens proudly coats his daughter, Ashlee Klevens, at the White Coat Ceremony in August 2009.