Two marble, engraved mortar and pestle sets were given out March 30 at the College’s “Evening of Excellence” dinner to the 2007 Outstanding Alumni.

One went to Marshall P. Roberts, class of 1957, who owned and operated a drug store in Odessa, Wash., for 38 years. Marshall’s father owned a drug store in Tekoa, Wash., and Marsh has established a student scholarship at the College in his father’s name. He and his wife Joyce were named to the WSU Benefactors giving club two years ago.

The other award was given to Bert Porter of Spokane, a past president of the Washington State Pharmacists Association and a member of the class of 1950.

Bert grew up Veradale, Wash., and in 1958, he began a long career as owner and operator of his own drug store in Spokane. He retired from that in 1993 and has remained active in pharmacy and community organizations. Five years ago Bert also was named to the WSU Benefactors giving club for his commitment to WSU.

The Outstanding Alumni Award was established by the College of Pharmacy Alumni Advisory Board “as recognition of a Pharmacy alum whose contributions to community or society at large or the health care profession, or whose personal achievement has brought distinction to Washington State University College of Pharmacy.”

Previous recipients of the award were:
1991, R. Keith Campbell ’64
1992, Richard Fowler ’50
1993, Jim ’39 and Trudy ’38 Reavis
1994, Ron Doane ’50
1995, William Gaskins ’68
1996, Rick Doane ’71
1997, Raymond Olson ’57
1998, John Oftebro ’65
1999, Holly Whitcomb Henry ’78
2000, John Swenson ’68
2001, Marvin Chamberlain ’75
2002, Linda Garrelts MacLean ’78
2007, Marshall P. Roberts ’57 and Bert Porter ’50