I met Dr. McCurdy during my first visit to Ohio Northern University in October 2006. Before meeting with him for the obligatory interview, I sought to inquire what sort of person he was by talking to some students, who unanimously said, “He’s got quite some sense of humor.” Upon first meeting with him, this proved to be true. Dr. McCurdy was more to me than merely a professor who taught Contemporary Pharmacy Practice. He was a mentor and a role model who never lacked words of counsel, encouragement and wisdom. Yet his counsel extended beyond the academic realm, as he was not only willing to fight for all his students, whom he wanted to succeed academically, but he also so deeply cared about their wellbeing. He was always eager to listen, and patient enough to hear you narrate your struggles. At the end of each discussion, he would always have the right answer and remind me that there was light at the end of the tunnel and that I could accomplish anything I had set out to do. Dr. McCurdy was adamant that, in order to accomplish great things, it was not only necessary to act but also to dream and believe in one’s dreams. So as I bid farewell to Dr. McCurdy, I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to him for his outstanding service to the student body in the Raabe College of Pharmacy, in particular his service to all the international pharmacy students. It was a great honor and an absolute privilege to have gotten to know him. He will be truly missed!
Fifth-year pharmacy student
BelleRiver, Ontario, Canada