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University Medal winners announced

by Karen A. Grava - February 19, 2008

Two individuals who have contributed significant public service to the UConn will receive the University Medal at commencement ceremonies in May.

Claire Leonardi, a former member of both the University Board of Trustees and the Health Center Board of Directors, and Samuel Kalmanowitz, ’61, were selected by the Board of Trustees for the honor.

Leonardi was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2003 and a founding director and chair of the Health Center Board of Directors from 2002 to 2007.

She helped lay the foundation for the UConn 2000 program, and testified about the program to the General Assembly before it was approved. She also headed the Health Affairs committee of the Board of Trustees.

During her tenure on that committee and on the Health Center Board of Directors, she played a critical role in addressing major financial challenges confronting the Health Center.

“Ms. Leonardi’s contributions to the University cannot be overstated,” says President Michael J. Hogan.

“She has worked tirelessly, and often behind the scenes, to help the University make progress on many fronts.”

Kalmanowitz, who received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1961, has for the past four decades been a leader in the practice of community pharmacy and in technological innovation in the field.

He started Kaye’s Pharmacy in Meriden in 1963, owning and operating it until he retired and sold it in 2003.

“Sam is a very special person,” says Robert McCarthy, dean of pharmacy.

“His commitment to the School of Pharmacy, his patients, and his community has been a model for us all.”

Kalmanowitz has served as a mentor to students and new members of the profession, and has served on several advisory boards, including one for Hospice and one for the Visiting Nurse Associations.

He also was a founding member of the School of Pharmacy advisory board.

A frequent donor to the school, he also helped the school win a major software donation.

During his career, he has earned a number of awards from professional associations, including the Elan Pharmaceutical Award in recognition of innovative pharmacy practice from the Connecticut Pharmaceutical Association in 2002.

He received the UConn Alumni Association’s Award for distinguished service in 1994.

A resident of Meriden, he has also served on the Meriden Redevelopment Authority and helped to oversee a major redevelopment of the downtown area.

“Mr. Kalmanowitz is an example of what we hope all of our alumni will become – a leader both in his profession and in his community,” says Hogan. ‘He sets a fine example for all of us.”

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