A brief history

Aside from being the editor and publisher of Wormwood, Marvin Malone was a highly respected pharmacologist and teacher of pharmacology. This memorial is reprinted with permission from http://www.ajpe.org.

Marvin H. Malone

Marvin H. Malone, professor-emeritus of pharmacology at the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy, died of a stroke on November 26th 1996 at the age of 66. He is survived by his wife Shirley, daughter Christa and two granddaughters. Marvin was born April 2, 1930 in Fairbury NE and raised in Nebraska. He received his B. S. in pharmacy (1951), MS in physiology/pharmacology (1953) and PhD in pharmacology (1958) all from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Marvin worked at Squibb from 1953-56. His academic career included serving as assistant professor of pharmacology at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy (1958-60), associate professor of pharmacology-toxicology at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy (1960- 69) and professor of pharmacology-toxicology at the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1969 until his retirement in 1990. He was honored by the University of the Pacific with its most prestigious award, the All-University Distinguished Faculty Award in 1984. He was designated a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1981.

Marvin was an active member of AACP beginning in 1960. He served as chairman of the Section of Biological Sciences on two separate occasions, 1971-72 and 1981-82. His most visible contribution to pharmacy education was serving as editor of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 1975-79. His perspective of those years as editor was summarized in the Fall 1986 issue of the Journal and included the major contribution of changing the format of the publication “to accommodate more print at less production cost” with a physical change to a traditional-size publication. He sought manuscripts of three categories: articles based on research, communications and statements. He enlarged the space for book reviews and kept the announcement sections because he viewed them as giving “a sense of community for pharmaceutical educators” as well as providing a valuable resource for historians of pharmaceutical education. One additional highlight of his five years as editor was commissioning the very fine Robert Mrtek article on pharmaceutical education from an historical perspective that appeared in the Journal during the bicentennial year.

The turmoil of the 1960s with increased use of recreational drugs prompted Marvin, along with Professor John K. Brown and the Beta Omega chapter of Rho Chi, to establish a program for the identification of “street drugs” and to found a publication for dissemination of their analytical results and providing resource articles on the drugs themselves. The bulletin, Pacific Information on Street Drugs, was published from 1971-78 and filled a niche for information of this type.

A prolific writer, Marvin published more than 240 articles including scientific papers, abstracts, historical reviews, book chapters and a textbook. He was editor of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology and was founder, editor and publisher, for more than 30 years, of the Wormwood Review, a literary magazine. He served on the editorial boards of many scientific journals including the Journal of Natural Products (Lloydia), Economic Botany, and the International Journal of Pharmacognosy. He was affiliated with more than 20 professional and honorary societies and was an active member of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Marvin was major advisor of more than 40 graduate students and taught pharmacology to thousands of students. He was regarded as a teacher who challenged his students and was among the earliest pharmacy faculty to develop laboratory exercises incorporating problem-solving skills with oral examinations. He made major contributions with development of pharmacological screening techniques (Hippocratic screen) that were especially useful in plant screening programs. He loved and used history in his teaching while stressing the traditions of his discipline. Marvin was an artist with the ability to create art using paint as well as words and with his breadth and depth of knowledge and interests he truly typified a modern version of the renaissance man. His presence will be missed but his contributions to his profession and society will remind us of his tenure.

-James W. Blankenship and Alice Jean Matuszak

This article originally appeared in The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Volume 61, Issue 3
Photographs of Marvin Malone provided by Christa Malone