A professor and researcher in pharmacology is the first to receive an endowed professorship established in the College of Pharmacy to honor former dean Allen I. White.
Raymond M. Quock, who joined the College in January 1999 as chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was named the first Allen I. White Professor on Aug. 20, 2007, by College of Pharmacy Dean James P. Kehrer. Quock also was appointed recently to a second term as chair of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department. He was chair for three years before returning to full-time teaching and research for the past four years. Quock obtained a B.S. in biology at the University of San Francisco in 1970 and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Washington in 1974.
He has held faculty positions at the University of Washington, the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wis., and was a professor of pharmacology in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois in Rockford for nine years before joining the faculty at Washington State University. Quock lectures in neuropharmacology, psychopharmacology and drug abuse to second-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) students. He also is the supervising instructor for the graduate-level therapeutics course, which covers drugs that affect the autonomic and central nervous, cardiovascular and endocrine systems, as well as infectious disease organisms. His research focuses on drugs that affect brain function and behavior, and in particular, brain and drug mechanisms that are involved in relief of pain and anxiety. His studies have focused on opioid and benzodiazepine drugs and, more recently, pharmacological gases such as nitrous oxide and hyperbaric oxygen.
In recognition of his outstanding teaching skills, Quock was named to the WSU President’s Teaching Academy in 2004. During his faculty career, he has been presented with 14 other teaching awards, including the Golden Apple award for seven of the nine years he taught at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
Former Dean Allen I. White spent 39 years at the College of Pharmacy, retiring in 1979 after 19 years as dean. He was a pharmaceutical chemistry professor and upon his retirement, a few of his colleagues created a lectureship in his name. The endowed professorship in White’s name was established in the fall of 2004 after two years of fundraising, led by about a dozen of White’s supporters. More than 300 donors and the College of Pharmacy contributed to the effort.