Award Recipients

2020 Award Recipient

Distinguished Alumnus Award: C. David Elm, Ph.D. – Class of 1963


David Elm first earned a Pharmacy degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1963 before venturing west to further his education at the University of Colorado. He earned a Master of Science in Hospital Pharmacy, a Master of Science in Health Administration, and a PhD in Pharmacy Administration, all within the CU system.

He has made it his life’s work to give back and make a difference where he could. Stories abound of David helping financially strapped patients get their medications without delay and making after-work deliveries of prescriptions to the homes of frail patients.

It’s not a stretch to say that Elm, who mentored more than a thousand University of Colorado pharmacy students over three decades, has perhaps contributed to the health of more Coloradans than any other health care professional in the state. 

Recently the CU School of Pharmacy created a named scholarship in David’s honor. The school set an initial goal of $100,000 and well exceeded their goal. Elm’s scholarship was given in 2019 for the first time. It honors honorably discharged members of the U.S. armed forces.

David has made a career out of growing and educating those within the Pharmacy profession. He would be the first one to tell you that it was his pleasure to do so and he had the best job. While he is now retired and misses the interaction with students, he is very proud to know that he was able to help and guide so many along the way. 

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