Joseph L. Borowitz, PhD
Honoring the memory of a student with a gift for future students

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Joseph L. Borowitz, PhD

After an aptitude test indicated he was science oriented, Dr. Joseph Borowitz decided to pursue his interest in pharmacology. As a Columbus native, the Ohio State College of Pharmacy was the clear first choice. During his time at Ohio State, he worked in pharmacology under Dr. Tye—completing a research project with him and graduating with distinction.

After graduation, Joe pursued pharmacology and earned an MS from Purdue University and a PhD from Northwestern University in Chicago. His education helped him secure a postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He went on to teach at Wake Forest University School of Medicine for five years and is currently a professor emeritus of pharmacology at Purdue University.

One of Joe’s students at Purdue, Ralf Rahwan, became a professor at Ohio State. Ralf invited Joe back to Ohio State to give a seminar to pharmacy students. “Ralf was one of my best students,” said Joe. “It was great to see him and how well he was liked by many of his students. I was very proud of him.”

In order to show his appreciation for his time at the College of Pharmacy, Joe decided to make a gift to the college through his estate. “I can’t do enough to express my admiration and respect for the professors at Ohio State,” said Joe. “A gift through my estate is a maximally tax-effective method to make a difference for future students.”

Joe’s gift also honors the memory of his student, Ralf Rahwan. The scholarship fund in Ralf Rahwan’s name benefits students in pharmacology, physiology, and pathology, which are key subjects for clinical pharmacy and medical practice.



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