WALTON, Dr. Charles A.|
Charles Anthony Walton was born on April 3, 1926, in Auburn, Alabama and passed away on July 31, 2014, in Titus, Alabama. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Joyce, and his two sons, Charles, Jr. and Kendall Walton.
Dr. Walton contributed substantially to the growth and development of the role of pharmacists in providing patients and physicians with drug information, and aiding in monitoring patient's drug therapy as an advanced mode of pharmacy practice in the United States. He also advocated for pharmacists joining physicians and nurses as a member of the health care team to enhance patient outcomes. Among his most important contributions were establishing the first drug information center, incorporating a series of courses in rational drug therapy into the pharmacy curriculum, and advocating rigorous and sustained clinical training and interprofessional education as a requirement for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. He was a pioneer in advancing pharmacy education and pharmacy practice.
Walton received his B.S. degree in pharmacy from Auburn University in 1949 and his Ph.D. in pharmacology from Purdue University in 1956. Later, he joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky where he served for 22 years. While at Kentucky, he helped set up the doctor of pharmacy program and a postgraduate pharmacy residency that provided a strong clinical background in rational drug therapy. In 1973, Dr. Walton was appointed as associate dean for clinical programs at The University of Texas College of Pharmacy and was charged with developing a joint post-baccalaureate doctor of pharmacy degree program with the University of Texas and the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. The three-year doctoral program was initially based in San Antonio and included one year of interprofessional education with medical students and two years of intensive clinical training in multiple-patient care settings.
During his 42-year academic career, Dr. Walton received numerous teaching and service awards including the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1987, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Service Award in 1984, and the ACCP Paul Parker Medal for outstanding contributions to the advancement of clinical pharmacy as an academic and health professional discipline in 2006. He was one of the founding fathers of ACCP.
In addition to his outstanding academic career, Dr. Walton will always be remembered for his excellent story telling skills, his tremendous humor, and his incredible wit. He gave numerous talks throughout the country creating both intellectual stimulation and lots of laughter. Charles Walton was regarded as the "Mark Twain of pharmacy education". He now has the joy of entertaining angels.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2014