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Memoir

Joseph H. Burckhalter
Regents' Proceedings 685

Joseph H. Burckhalter, professor of medicinal chemistry in the College of Pharmacy, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 1983, after a productive and distinguished career as an educator and scientist.

Born in South Carolina, Professor Burckhalter attended the University of South Carolina and received the B.S. degree in 1934. He earned the M.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 1938 and the Ph.D. degree from The University of Michigan in 1942.

Upon graduation, he became a senior research chemist at Parke, Davis and Company. Professor Burckhalter continued in that position until 1947, when he joined the faculty at the University of Kansas as an associate professor of pharmaceutical chemistry. In 1950, he was promoted to professor and chairman of the department and continued in that position until 1960. He accepted the position of professor of medicinal chemistry at The University of Michigan in 1960.

In 1955-56, Professor Burckhalter was a visiting Fulbright professor at Tuebingen University in Germany and, in 1974, a visiting professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at the National Defense Medical Center, Republic of China, Taiwan.

Professor Burckhalter has had a distinguished career in education. More than 100 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars have benefited from his tutelage. Professor Burckhalter, with these students, has been responsible for the synthesis of over 2,000 new compounds, several of which have been of value in the treatment of disease in man.

In recognition of his contributions to science, Professor Burckhalter was awarded the first Research Achievement Award by the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1962.

The Regents now salute this distinguished educator for his dedicated service by naming him Professor Emeritus of Medical Chemistry.