In Memory

David Vogel

David Vogel



 
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08/29/10 02:08 PM #1    

Donna Carnes (Schiedel)

 

A FEW WORDS ABOUT DAVID P. VOGEL
 
It was my distinct honor to have known David and his family between 1955 and his death on October 22, 2000. The qualities that he demonstrated during high school persisted through out his lifetime. He was exceedingly intelligent, meticulously well organized, gentle and calm. He loved music but stopped playing the piano for reasons not expressed.
 
After graduation from Gowanda, we both went to the University of Buffalo and remained close friends, occasionally double dating. He was in the challenging five-year pharmacy program there.  We would occasionally go to Gowanda to visit his father, a wonderful man.  After graduation, he entered the respected hospital pharmacy program at the University of Illinois, Chicago and married beautiful and elegant Kathy (who was from western New York). After graduation from U of I, with his Master’s degree, he was invited to stay on the staff at the U. of Illinois. During those years, they had their only child, a beautiful young lady.  They lived in a Western suburb of Chicago and David developed the hobby of gourmet cooking , which he cherished and at which he excelled. It was my pleasure to be able to visit them regularly, maintain out mutual friendship and watch their daughter grow up. David and Kathy were a loving, social, and popular young couple in their community and he was a respected professional at the hospital and a superior teacher at the pharmacy school rapidly rising to assistant director in the pharmacy and a professor at the school. They would also visit our family in our various venues.
 
During those years, my career took me to five different medical schools and cities including the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. It was my delight to have been able to help recruit Kathy and David to my institution as Director of pharmaceutical services and as a professor in the pharmacy school at Rutgers. I actually tried unsuccessfully to get them to buy a house near to us in central New Jersey but they wanted to be in northern NJ, closer to the cultural offerings in New York City, especially those dealing with music. As the director of a division at the medical school and hospital and a member of the P and T committee, I was able to interact with David professionally and our families also interacted socially. David was a beloved and successful boss and administrator and a highly respected faculty member. He developed an extraordinary comprehensive, multi-faceted and renowned hospital pharmacy program. He rose to the rank of assistant vice president of the hospital and associate professor of pharmacy practice and administration at Rutgers.   
 
Much to David’s joy their daughter Christine went on to pharmacy school and became a pharmacist herself. After I left NJ  (ironically and coincidentally) to become Chair of Pediatrics at the U. of Illinois – Rockford in 1996, David developed an unusual and aggressive cancer. I tried to come back to New Jersey every couple of months to see David and his family. They never gave up. David remained cheerful, loving, and professionally productive  in spite of the ravages of the disease and it’s treatment. A bit over a year after the diagnosis was made, David passed away. It was my sad honor to deliver a eulogy at his funeral. Kathy moved to a beautiful home near Hilton Head, South Carolina, close to her sister and brother-in-law. David’s daughter had been married and, I believe, has a daughter of her own. David will be missed forever by his friends and loved one’s.  

 Submitted by Lory Frenkel 8/29/2010


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