Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy Mourns the Passing of J. Graham Nairn

The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Emeritus J. Graham Nairn on January 15, 2017.

A graduate of the Pharmacy program at the University of Toronto (Class of 5T2), Graham spent the majority of his professional career with the Faculty.  After graduating with a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Graham joined the Faculty in 1958 and rose through the ranks to full professor in 1973. He held this position until his retirement in 1994. Throughout his 36 years, Graham was a mentor to numerous undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of courses including Pharmaceutical Calculations and Arithmetic, Physical Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Preparations, Pharmaceutics, and Parenteral Dosage Forms and Sterile Products. Although he formally retired from the Faculty in 1994, Graham continued to serve as the Coordinator of the Faculty’s Industrial Residency Program until 2014.

In addition to his role as an educator, Graham was an accomplished scholar and researcher, presenting and publishing numerous scientific and professional papers during his career, as well as serving as a reviewer of grants, book and papers, and successfully acquiring significant grant funding to support his research activities.

Beyond the classroom and laboratory, Graham served as a member of almost all of the Faculty’s Committees, was a long-time Faculty Advisor to the Undergraduate Pharmacy Society, and served as Treasurer of the Pharmacy Alumni Association for over 20 years. He continued to support the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations in his retirement as a frequent speaker and tour guide at a multitude of alumni events. Within the University community, Graham served as a member of the Council of Arts and Sciences, the University Senate and the Council of the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

A dedicated member of the pharmacy community, Graham served in executive capacities with the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada, the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association, the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, the Ontario College of Pharmacists, the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada and the Canadian Hospital Pharmacy Residency Board.

Graham’s passion for the Faculty of Pharmacy and the profession was shared by his family. His wife Kathleen was also a member of the Pharmacy Class of 5T2 and served as a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty for a number of years. Graham’s daughter Dawn was an Assistant Professor at the Faculty and taught in both the BScPhm and PharmD programs and his daughter Debra was a Faculty Member and Professional Practice Coordinator for many years. Graham and Kathleen had two other children, Diane, who pursued a career in finance, and David, an engineering professor at the University of Waterloo, as well as 10 grandchildren.

Graham was a wonderful colleague, mentor and friend to countless students, faculty, staff and alumni, and his contributions to both the Faculty and the profession have been tremendous. He touched the lives of so many and will be deeply missed. Our sincerest condolences to his family during this difficult time.

Visitation will be held at the Turner and Porter Funeral Home (Peel Location) between 6pm and 9pm on Friday, January 20, 2017 and a Chapel Service will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11am. For more information please visit:  http://turnerporter.permavita.com/site/JohnGrahamNairn.html