Foster, with his grandson, at the award presentation
S. Foster said he was "awestruck" upon learning
he was to receive the Lyons Award for Outstanding
17, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
Thomas S. Foster, professor of pharmacy and anesthesiology
in the University of Kentucky colleges of Pharmacy
and Medicine at the UK Chandler Medical Center has
received the William E. Lyons Award for Outstanding
Service. The award is given jointly each year by the
Martin School of Public Policy and Administration
and the Department of Political Science to persons
providing service to the campus, community and state.
his trademark bowtie, Dr. Foster said he was "awestruck"
upon learning he was to receive the award.
selection came as no surprise to Karen Blumenschein,
associate professor in the College of Pharmacy, who,
in a three-page letter of nomination, detailed Dr.
Foster's contribution to the University and the community.
* He has
served for 15 years as chairperson of the Medical
Institutional Review Board (IRB), during which time
the board developed "an envious reputation of being
one of the premier IRB program in the nation," wrote
* He helped
establish a Quality Improvement Program to improve
the University's overall conduct of research with
zeal for music and athletics has led to advancements
of concert band music and youth soccer in Lexington.
* For more
than 20 years, he has been a leader in promoting the
safe and effective use of drug therapy throughout
the state. Under his direction of the Drug Formulary
Council, Kentucky became the first state to have a
therapeutic equivalence drug formulary, which defines
groups of drug produces for which pharmacists should
exercise caution when considering the dispensing of
approved generic products.
the April 11 ceremony in the John Jacob Niles Center
for American Music heard remarks from Ed Jennings,
professor of public administration and political science,
and Brad Canon, professor of political science. Canon
lauded the award's namesake, William E. Lyons, former
director of the Martin School who is credited with
creating Fayette County's city-county government.
He called Lyons "the James Madison of Lexington."
remarks introducing this year's recipient, Jennings
said Dr. Foster "reflects the spirit of public service"
that Lyons personified.