I first met Dr. Robert McCurdy through my involvement with the pharmacy organization that he advised, Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI), during my first year at Ohio Northern University. Over the following years, I was able to get to know Dr. McCurdy on a more personal level as I took on various leadership roles within CPFI. I was always inspired and challenged by the great humbleness that defines how Dr. McCurdy carries himself. Despite his many lifetime accomplishments and his position as assistant dean of the Raabe College of Pharmacy, he chose to treat students as equal peers. He created a family-like environment at ONU by daily greeting as many students as he came in contact with by their first name. He took pride in being able to rattle off the accomplishments of current students to the prospective students he was taking on a tour. He always made a point to stop me and ask me how I was doing and to see if there was anything that I needed. Dr. McCurdy’s heart of servanthood is evident in everything he does both on and off campus. He has helped with the coordination of many service projects for both the Ada and global communities, including planting flowers at the houses of individuals who were going through a hard time and sending children vitamins to third-world countries. His nurturing spirit cared for the successes of students both big and small, and he devoted himself to ensuring that students had all the resources necessary to live up to their full potential. I will never forget my parents’ surprise when I told them the nice man congratulating me at an awards reception was the assistant dean of the pharmacy college. My life has been forever touched by the kindness of Dr. McCurdy, and I only can hope that at my retirement I am able to know that I have inspired as many lives as Dr. McCurdy has during his time at Ohio Northern University.
Fifth-year pharmacy student