Three individuals were named OSU College of Pharmacy’s Icons of Pharmacy for 2010. They were honored in a reception on May 8, 2010 for their outstanding contributions to the college and the field of pharmacy.

Al Carver, Class of 1970

Al received his pharmacy degree from Oregon State University and joined Kaiser Permanente in 1970 as a pharmacy intern in Los Angeles. He advanced through several positions of increasing responsibility. In 1986, he was named director of Pharmacy Strategy and Operations for Southern California and assumed responsibility for Northern California in 1997. He was promoted to vice president in 1999. Al spent a total of thirty-nine years in service to Kaiser Permanente before retiring this year.    

An active member in his profession, Al is one of eight co-founders and a current member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. He served on the Managed Care Advisory Board of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and continues as a member. He is active on the OSU College of Pharmacy Advisory Council, a member of the advisory board for the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy, and a member of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the California Pharmacists Association.

Douglass Stennett

Doug earned his Pharm.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1970 and received a commission with the USPHS as a pharmacist in Alaska. There he learned much about the provision of health care in remote areas, but even more about life. He continues to hold an appointment as a member of the Inactive Reserve. After Alaska, he practiced in a hospital in San Jose, California, and then he applied for a faculty position at OSU.

In 1974, he accepted a position with the College of Pharmacy at OSU as an assistant professor where he planned to try academia for a couple of years. Thirty-four years later he retired as Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy. Doug feels fortunate to have lived and practiced during a time when pharmacy made great strides in its evolution in the provision of health care in the United States. He continues to be impressed by and proud of the significant contributions alumni of the College of Pharmacy at OSU have made in the care of their patients.

Dave Widen

Dave earned his pharmacy degree from Washington State University in 1969 and a M.B.A. from Portland State University in 1978. He was inducted as an Honorary Alumnus at Oregon State University in 2008.  Dave started his career with PayLess Drugs Northwest, in Portland, as a staff pharmacist.  He worked his way up to Corporate Director and VP for Operations upon his leaving in 1997. He then went to work as Director of Pharmacy in Oregon for Safeway where he still works as a consultant manager for pharmacy operations.

He has spent countless hours serving his pharmacy community through various Governor appointed commissions such as the Oregon Patient Safety Commission and the Health Information Technology Oversight Council. He actively serves on the OSU College of Pharmacy Advisory Council and the OSPA Planning Committee. He is also a past recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia Award.