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Thompson to Speak at Hakes-Pierstorf Family Pharmacy Education Center Dedication Festivities

Sep 29, 2006

Ohio Northern University will kick off its Hakes-Pierstorf Family Pharmacy Education Center dedication festivities with guest speaker Tommy G. Thompson, former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary and former Wisconsin governor, in the ONU Fieldhouse at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6. Following the speech, a dedication ceremony will be conducted at the pharmacy addition at 1:30 p.m.

Secretary Thompson served nearly 40 years in public office. Prior to his term at HHS, he was governor of Wisconsin for 14 years, elected to an unprecedented four terms. He gained national recognition for his leadership on welfare reform, expanded access to health care for low-income residents, and education. In 1996 he enacted Wisconsin Works, the state's landmark welfare-to-work program that served as a national model for welfare reform. A Wisconsin native, Thompson began his career in public service in 1966 as a representative in Wisconsin's state Assembly.

Thompson’s appearance is in conjunction with the dedication of the new two-story addition to the Raabe College of Pharmacy, named after Dr. Vern H. Hakes ’33 and Dr. Ervin Pierstorf.

The new edifice offers additional research laboratory and classroom space for pharmacy students and faculty. The space includes a 250-seat tiered classroom/auditorium with projection screens. It also features four large flexible classrooms, which can be divided into two smaller meeting areas, 12 faculty offices and 11 research laboratories.

Dr. Hakes received his pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern in 1933 and was employed as a registered pharmacist in Lakewood, Lorain and Cleveland before joining Eli Lilly International Corp. in 1939.

A prominent Cleveland-area businessman, Dr. Pierstorf operated the family-owned Pierstorf Drug Store in Fairview Park from 1934 to 1977. From 1947 to 1979, he was a partner in Fairview Photo Service, one of Cleveland’s first rapid photo finishing businesses. He was also co-founder of Oak Ridge Nursing Home.

Tours of the newly erected addition will be given following the dedication ceremony.

Founded in 1884, ONU’s College of Pharmacy has had the privilege to graduate more than 7,000 pharmacists during its 120-year history. With a 100 percent placement rate of its graduates, the R.H. Raabe College of Pharmacy is distinctive among other colleges of pharmacy as it integrates a comprehensive foundation in the pharmaceutical sciences and the practice of pharmacy along with a strong liberal arts curriculum.