Recent STLCOP Retirees Honored
On Saturday, May 10, recent St. Louis College of Pharmacy retirees were honored for their years of service to the College. More than 100 current and former faculty and staff members, current students, and family members gathered for a dinner reception at the Crowne Plaza in Clayton to celebrate the retirement of Rasma Chereson, Carol Oliver, Gary Riley, and Mary Kathryn “Kitty” Sims. The four retirees had a combined total of more than 130 years of service to the College. Chereson, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutics, taught at STLCOP for 29 years; Oliver, Ph.D., associate professor of English and communications, for 37 years; Riley ’01, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, for 31 years; and Sims, senior administrative assistant in enrollment services, worked at the College for 40 years.
At the reception, College President John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., thanked Chereson, Oliver, Riley, and Sims for their dedication to the College, talked about their lasting legacies, and wished them well in retirement.
The celebration also included a video that contained old photos and featured colleagues and students sharing some of their favorite memories of each retiree. In the video, Chereson, Oliver, Riley, and Sims also talked about what they would remember most about their time at STLCOP and their plans for retirement.