James W. Alexander

Alumni Service Award Recipient

College of Pharmacy, October 20, 2011

James W. Alexander received a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota in 1954. His volunteer service record is extensive and broad. His area of specialty is drug addiction and recovery and he shares his expertise and support with many, all on a volunteer basis. For many decades he has served as a mentor, facilitated small groups and he served a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Pharmacy Alumni Society. He paved the way for the current College of Pharmacy course, "Addiction to Medicine, Substance Abuse, and Chemical Dependency," taught by Leo Sioris and Dan Berkner. He is the current chair of the advisory board of the State of Minnesota's Health Professional Services Program (HPSP). In addition, he has been involved with an international health service medical/dental/pharmacy mission to Honduras for the past 30 years. He is described as someone who cares deeply about all pharmacy students and all pharmacists, but he particularly cares about students and pharmacists who need help in order to deal with chemical dependency and/or possible chemical dependency.

Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.