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Friends remember dedication of KU pharmacy professor

October 14, 2003


Jeremy "Jere" Matchett didn't leave his work at the office.

When the Kansas University pharmacy professor wasn't in the classroom, he was volunteering with state and national pharmacy organizations.

"I think he's one of these individuals who enjoyed his profession so much he wanted to put back what it had given him," said Bob Williams, executive director of the Kansas Pharmacists Assn.

Matchett, who taught at KU for 22 years, died Saturday of an aortic aneurysm while visiting family in Montana. He was 69.

Matchett received his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from KU in 1956, and his Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from KU in 1976.

He stepped down Aug. 1 as associate dean of the school of pharmacy after 16 years in the position.

"Dr. Jere Matchett was a steadfast supporter of the faculty and students of the KU school of pharmacy," Jack Fincham, the school's dean, said. "His constant focus on quality and standards in pharmacy education has helped all in our school meet our goals. His friendship, colleagueship and mentoring cannot be replaced."

Williams said Matchett was looking forward to retiring in a few years to spend more time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Gayle; two sons, Randy, of Lewistown, Mont., and Chris, of Lawrence; a daughter, Kera, of Kansas City, Mo.; and five grandchildren.

"He was really looking forward to gearing down and spending time with children and grandchildren," Williams said.

Matchett was a past president of the Kansas Pharmacists Assn. and served as a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges and Pharmacy. He also was involved in the Kansas Pharmacy Foundation.

"Every time you needed to put together a group or a think tank, Jere was willing to help do it," Williams said. "I doubt there's a pharmacist in Kansas who hasn't heard of Jere Matchett."

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