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Memoir

Gordon L. Flynn
Regents' Proceedings 56

Gordon L. Flynn, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutical sciences, College of Pharmacy, retired from active faculty status on August 31, 2001.

Professor Flynn received his B.S. degree from Rutgers University in 1960 and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1965. From 1965-72, he was a researcher at the Upjohn Company. He joined the University of Michigan faculty as associate professor of pharmacy in 1972 and was promoted to professor in 1977.

Professor Flynn's research has focused on drug delivery phenomena, particularly the areas of percutaneous absorption theory and mechanisms, the enhancement of skin permeation, and the topical and transdermal delivery of drugs. He has published approximately 175 research manuscripts, review articles, and book chapters on the structure-physical property relationships of organic compounds, the physicochemical behavior of skin, percutaneous absorption and topical dosage forms, mass transfer, and concepts in drug delivery. His research accomplishments have been pioneering, mechanistic, and translational in bringing basic concepts to clinical reality. He was awarded the very prestigious Ebert Prize by the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) in 1974 and was made a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) in 1987.

Professor Flynn has been a standing member of the Pharmacology Study Section of the National Institutes of Health and has served as a consultant to industry and government agencies. Among his many memberships, he has been particularly active in the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the APhA and in the AAPS, serving as the first chair of the AAPS Dermatopharmaceutics Study Group. Professor Flynn holds over 10 USA patents. Professor Flynn has served as a mentor for more than 45 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scientists and as an active participant in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. He served for many years as chair of the College of Pharmacy's Space Allocation and Utilization Committee, which involved him in a variety of space planning issues, including the oversight of several substantial renovation projects.

The Regents now salute this distinguished and dedicated educator by naming Gordon L. Flynn professor emeritus of pharmaceutical sciences.