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1st Dean of Pharmacy Passes

First OfferThe Lawrence Daily Journal-World reports that Dean Lucius E. Sayre, the first dean of the School of Pharmacy, has died. He was 78.

Beginning at KU in 1885, Sayre founded the School of Pharmacy in 1891.

Sayre was instrumental in helping Dr. Samuel J. Crumbine, Secretary of the Kansas Board of Health, to pass legislation to ensure drug purity in Kansas. Sayre found many of the “medicines”, often marketed to mothers with ailing babies, had names like “Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup” and “Dr. Moffett’s Teethina Teething Powders,” contained high percentages of alcohol, and some even included cocaine, morphine and opium. Thanks to Sayre’s research, Crumbine’s Board of Health was able to drive these poisons and their purveyors out of the Sunflower State.

Sayre also predicted in 1914 that corn oil would be used to replace olive oil and cotton seed oil. “Our experiments thus far show the value of this substitution in medicinal preparations. We are continuing our work to determine its importance in cooking, and to prove that corn oil may be used interchangeably in culinary operations with cotton seed and olive oils.”

Source Notes

[Source Notes: The Lawrence Daily Journal-World, July 21, 1925.]

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