Griffith Hall

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Founders' Day

Thursday, February 22, 2024


All were invited to campus to celebrate Saint Joseph's Philadelphia College of Pharmacy's Founders' Day as we commemorated its 1821 founding. President Cheryl A. McConnell offered remarks following the presentation of awards.


Attendee List 

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Pharmacy Students in mock pharmacy for Saint Joseph's University

Schedule of Events


McNeil Science and Technology Center (STC)

  • 5 p.m. Student-led tours of Griffith Hall and the Marvin Samson Museum for the History of Pharmacy.
  • 6 p.m. Welcome and Registration
  • 6:30 p.m. Program and Presentation of Awards
  • 7 p.m. Reception - heavy appetizers, open bar and additional tours and demonstrations.

NOTE: No cost to attend.

2024 Award Recipients & Honorees

Dr. Michael Dejos


Dr. Michael Dejos, PharmD '13

The PCP Young Alumni Award was created to honor an alum who has received their degree within the past 15 years and who has shown outstanding promise and success in their professional career. Congratulations to Dr. Michael Dejos, PharmD '13!

Dr. John Gans


Dr. John Gans, PharmD '69


The William Procter Jr. Award, was created in honor of William Procter Jr., PCP graduate, faculty member and widely considered the Father of American Pharmacy. This award recognizes an outstanding alum who exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit of our founding fathers and has provided outstanding service to the College and profession. Congratulations to Dr. John Gans, PharmD '69!

George Downs


George E. Downs PharmD '72, Dean Emeritus

Recognition of Service 1972 - 2023 - George E. Downs, well-respected professor of clinical pharmacy, was honored for 51 years of service. Congratulations and thank you for your many years of service!


Founders' Day Event Photos

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2023 Award Recipients 

Jack Korbutov, PharmD '2011, FACA, FACVP

Congratulations to Jack Korbutov, PharmD '2011, FACA, FACVP as the first recipient of the PCP Young Alumni Award.

Daniel Hussar, P'62, MS'64, PhD'67

Congratulations to Daniel Hussar, P'62, MS'64, PhD'67, Dean Emeritus and Remington Professor on being named the inaugural recipient of the William Procter Jr. Medal!


Frequently Asked Questions



  • Park in the Goodman lot, between Goodman Hall and the ARC Building.

    Enter campus via 42nd Street. The entrance to the parking lot is half way around the loop road - there will be signs out on the day of the event.

    For more information, please contact MJ Connell at or 610-660-2301.

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  • Business casual is recommended.

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  • We ask all participants to submit registration by Friday, February 16, 2024.

  • If you have any concerns please contact MJ Connell at or 610-660-2301, so we may ensure all our guests feel welcome and comfortable during the event.

  • Options will be offered for individuals with special dietary needs. Contact MJ Connell at or 610-660-2301 to talk about your needs so we can properly accommodate you.