2017 Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Awardee
Dr. Donald Perrier is a graduate of the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (B.Pharm 1967. and M.Sc. degree 1970); he received his Ph.D. in pharmaceutics from the State University of New York in Buffalo.
He is the co-author of one of the seminal and most influential books on Pharmacokinetics with Milo Gibaldi and is an internationally recognized expert in the area of pharmacokinetics in which he has more than 100 publications and two editions of the textbook.
He served as an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy, then the University of Arizona School of Pharmacy. In 1981 Donald Perrier was appointed Dean of Pharmacy at University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand and set about improving the situation for the Department of Pharmacy, including initial processes that ultimately were manifested in a change of location to the Adams Building, the transfer from the Faculty of Science to Medicine and a restructured bachelor’s degree recognising the increasing importance of clinical pharmacy elements rather than, predominantly, the pharmaceutical sciences.
He subsequently served as the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy University of Toronto from 1986-1998 for two terms and is Dean Emritus. Dean Donald Perrier Award of Professionalism is awarded annually created to commemorate his contribution to the practice of pharmacy, especially his effort in advocating the student role in the profession.
He went on to be Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University Of Kentucky College Of Pharmacy for six years to round out his career in 2007 when he returned to Canada in 2007 for his retirement.