BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Margaret McGlynn, president of the vaccine
division of Merck & Co., is a second-generation graduate of the
University at Buffalo following her late father's lead and honoring
his memory with a start-up gift to establish the Edward J. Hempling
Community Pharmacy Education Fund in UB's School of Pharmacy and
Her father, Edward J. Hempling, B.S. '50, who passed away in
December 2005, owned and operated Hempling's Pharmacy in South
Buffalo from 1960-85. He used to help his customers by educating
them about the medications they were taking and about how to
improve their health.
McGlynn, who received a bachelor's degree from UB's pharmacy
school in 1982 and an MBA from the UB School of Management in 1983,
said that her father cared more about people -- often extending
credit or charity to those who couldn't pay -- than profit.
Her $2,000 initial gift will fund student volunteer efforts for
community health initiatives such as wellness and blood-pressure
clinics. McGlynn said it's the kind of support that her father
offered to the community and that she would like to see that
tradition carried on by students.
Her father inspired her to "make a difference in the lives of
others." That motivated her to make this latest gift, and it's the
message she plans to share with the Class of 2006 of the School of
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences during the commencement
address that she will deliver at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Lippes
Concert Hall in Slee Hall on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.
McGlynn has spent her entire career at Merck & Co., a
leading research-driven pharmaceutical products and services
company, having joined the company in 1983. She was promoted to her
current position in 2005 and is responsible for global leadership
of the company's vaccine business. Previously she was president of
the U.S. Hospital and Specialty Division at Merck.
"I have been fortunate," she said. "An internship at Merck
helped me discover a place where I believed I could make a
difference for tens of thousands or millions of people. Over the
course of my career, I like to think I have used the opportunity in
a way that would make my parents -- and my children -- proud. I've
been able to help bring to market important new medicines and
vaccines to help people live healthier, longer lives."
"As a very successful role model, Margie is providing motivation
for our graduates," said Wayne K. Anderson, dean of the School of
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. "She also is giving back to
provide support for our students in recognition of her father's
role in community pharmacy, where he had a strong focus on patient
care. Her legacy as an achiever and a supporter of UB is something
A Western New York native, McGlynn long has felt "privileged to
have had a quality education at UB" that enabled her "to contribute
to the practice of pharmacy and outreach to the community." She is
a member of the pharmacy school's Dean's National Industrial
Advisory Council and she gave $30,000 each to the schools of
pharmacy and management during the Campaign for UB.
Ranked among the top pharmacy schools in the United States and
considered one of the most prestigious, the UB School of Pharmacy
and Pharmaceutical Sciences was founded in 1886. It is the
second-oldest component of the University at Buffalo and the only
pharmacy school in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, the largest and most comprehensive campus in the State
University of New York.