From left to right: Dean Oppenheimer, Elda Roscoe-Gustafson, Tobi Knepler-Foss, Frank Roscoe and Cori Sakoda at the Pharmacy Scholarship Ceremony.
From left to right: Dean Oppenheimer, Elda Roscoe-Gustafson, Tobi Knepler-Foss, Frank Roscoe and Cori Sakoda at the Pharmacy Scholarship Ceremony.

Above and beyond. The phrase is reserved for those individuals who surpass expectations and who are focused on the success of others. Each of the School’s donors can be characterized by their generosity and their readiness to support students who strive to go beyond the status quo.

The Emmons E. Roscoe Scholarship recognizes exemplary academic achievement and is awarded to the second-year pharmacy student holding the highest GPA in the first four semesters of the professional program. The Roscoe family has a long history with the School. The School’s founding Dean, Ivan W. Rowland, PhD, urged Emmons E. Roscoe, RPh, MS to leave Idaho State University to join him in establishing a school of pharmacy at University of the Pacific. Emmons Roscoe became the School’s first professor and served as an advisor to Dean Rowland, who valued the advice of the former dean.

Charles W. Roscoe, PhD followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a Pacific faculty member. He taught medicinal chemistry and was awarded the University’s highest honor, the Order of Pacific, upon his retirement. Charles Roscoe was also instrumental in raising funds for the pharmacy building, which allowed the School to move out of the cramped quarters of Weber Hall to their current location on North Campus. The interests of Charles Roscoe’s brother, Frank, led him to pursue mechanical engineering rather than pharmacy, yet he explains that he has been treated as an honorary alumni. He shares, “The Dean and others had just been so open-armed to me that I decided to go back and have [a scholarship] made in my brother’s name.”

From left to right: Dean Oppenheimer, Farjana Akther and Donald Shirachi, PhD at the Pharmacy Scholarship Ceremony.
From left to right: Dean Oppenheimer, Farjana Akther and Donald Shirachi, PhD at the Pharmacy Scholarship Ceremony.

The Charles W. Roscoe Memorial Endowed Graduate Student Fund was designed to be a travel stipend which helps students travel to professional conferences to present their research. The scholarship’s focus on research is a fitting tribute to his brother who is remembered by many for his brilliant mind. Frank Roscoe shares, “His knowledge was just amazing. He’d give you the formula for any drug.” He is always excited to hear about the research that students are conducting. “I think those that are able to go present their papers, it gets their name out there,” said Frank Roscoe. He believes that this opportunity to present their research to a larger audience can act as a catalyst, allowing them to expand their horizons.

Frank Roscoe has spoken with a number of his father’s former students. They share about his willingness to offer his students support and words of encouragement. He has seen the legacy of his father and brother carried out in the Pacific faculty and staff. Emeritus professor Donald Shirachi ’60, PhD in particular made an impression on him. Frank Roscoe explains that when he attends events hosted by the School he is often one of the last to leave. He shares, “Every time [Dr.] Shirachi was sitting there talking to a student. I thought, ‘That’s the sort of thing my dad would be doing.’”

From left to right: Man Ting Chou, Karen Gould, Michaela Vachuska, Lucille Gould and Milana Vachuska at the reception.
From left to right: Man Ting Chou, Karen Gould, Michaela Vachuska, Lucille Gould and Milana Vachuska at the reception.

Another individual who exemplified the Pacific spirit was Jay Patrick Gould ’76. He grew up in a pharmacy and was slated to take over his family’s pharmacy in Palo Alto, California, upon his father’s retirement. His life was tragically cut short by a car accident in 1978. His parents, Carl and Lucille Gould, established a scholarship in his memory in 1979. “He was our hope, our future,” said Lucille Gould. She adds, “[This scholarship] keeps Jay alive, we never forget him, not one day.” She believes that a scholarship supporting Pacific’s pharmacy students is what her son would have wanted. She describes her son as someone who was “always thinking about others. […] He was a giving person.”

Lucille Gould’s advice for future pharmacists is to “make wonderful, beautiful memories. When you are old you can look back and have great joy. Try to be the best you can with what you have.” Frank Roscoe is a firm believer in life-long learning. His advice is to “pay attention, keep an open mind.”

Watch a video of students demonstrating the impact of their benefactor’s support hereClick here to read the full article about these recipients.

For information on how you can start a named scholarship or add to an existing scholarship through an annual gift, estate gift or asset transfer, please contact either Nancy DeGuire at 209.946.2752 or ndeguire@pacific.edu; or Susan Webster at 209.946.3116 or swebster@pacific.edu. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

 

 


By Anne Marie H. Bergthold
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