Dr. Cannon-Babb Retires as Associate Dean of Admissions

The School of Pharmacy recognizes and thanks Marquette Cannon-Babb, PharmD for her 44 years of dedicated service as she retires from her role of Associate Dean of Admissions and Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice effective June 1, 2020.

Dr. Cannon-Babb joined the School of Pharmacy as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy in 1976. Since 1988, she has served as Assistant Dean and Associate Dean for the Admissions Office. Her role proved integral in the recruitment, admission, retention, and academic advising of prospective and current students. 

Through her years of service, Dr. Cannon-Babb pioneered a number of impactful initiatives. In particular, she has served as the School of Pharmacy's expert on geriatric pharmacy. In 1985, she and the her late colleague Dr. Charles Peterson secured grant funding from the U.S. Public Health Service to work as members of Temple University's Institute on Aging developing pharmacy-related curriculum. Her scholarship in teaching students how cultural values influence clinical outcomes in pharmacy practice challenged contemplative thought to supplant human difference for the amelioration of human suffering and need. In this way, professional intuition bonds with compassion and concern for the well-being of others. 

Dr. Cannon-Babb has also worked tirelessly to advocate for aspiring pharmacists representing students from disadvantaged backgrounds. From the late 1990s to the early 2000s, she directed a Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) at the School of Pharmacy. The program was supported by a grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The HCOP was designed to recruit, facilitate entry, and retain students from underrepresented minority and other socially disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, she served for years as an advisor to the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), an educational service association of pharmacy students who are concerned about pharmacy and healthcare-related issues and committed to advocating for minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions. Her engagement with students through HCOP and SNPhA left a lasting impression on alumni who benefited from these efforts.

Dr. Cannon-Babb gives thanks to the School of Pharmacy for allowing her to experience what it means to be on the cutting-edge of co-creation in an ever-expanding universe. 

"The school has been more than a place of employment or career opportunity. It has been an environment of feelings—well-being, love, respect, security, family—that neither position nor professional accomplishment can provide," Dr. Cannon-Babb stated.

Alumni and friends are welcome to share a message for Dr. Cannon-Babb and/or donate to School of Pharmacy Student Emergency Fund in her honor.