This fund provides scholarships to hardworking students who are contributing to the field as research leaders for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Thomas Bardos was a generous man. He funded awards and scholarships at UB, the American Association for Cancer Research, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Illinois and in his native Hungary, and helped countless others through the years.
“Tom wanted to be a philanthropist,” says his widow Maria. To that end, Joseph Dunn, BS ’75, PhD ’81, and Maria Bardos, BA ’62, PhD ’70, helped establish the scholarship endowment in the Bardos name. The award is given annually to a deserving student in either the Doctor of Pharmacy or one of the Pharmaceutical Sciences programs.
Bardos arrived in the U.S. from Budapest, Hungary, in 1946 with nothing but a silver cigarette case in his pocket. He joined the department of medicinal chemistry in the School of Pharmacy in 1960, where he coauthored more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and chapters on cancer chemotherapy, and directed the thesis research of dozens of PhD candidates and postdoctoral associates before retiring and taking the title of emeritus professor in 1993.