The UNM College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce Mr. Ramon Rede, RPh, ’56, of Las Cruces, NM, as the 2014 College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus. The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor the College of Pharmacy (COP) bestows.

Rede served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and took advantage of the GI Bill to attend the COP, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy in 1956. Rede was the first in his family to go to college. After graduation, Rede returned to his hometown of Las Cruces, NM, and began work as a community pharmacist at City Drug. Rede worked there until 1965 when he opened his own store, Rede’s Pharmacy, which he ran for 30 years until his retirement in 1995.

Rede was not only dedicated in his own pharmacy practice, but also to his community and profession, advocating for pharmacy and recruiting new pharmacists. He encouraged and mentored young people from southern New Mexico into the pharmacy profession and was instrumental in the development of the UNM/NMSU Cooperative Pharmacy Program, which is dedicated to providing pharmacists for that region.

Rede was named President of the New Mexico Pharmaceutical (now Pharmacists) Association in 1976. He served on the NM Board of Pharmacy for 10 years (1976-1986) and received a number of professional awards that include the Bowl of Hygeia in 1981 and the Ernie Welsh Award. He is a founding member of the UNM College of Pharmacy’s Dean’s Papiani Giving Circle and has always been an outspoken champion of his profession, lobbying for support at the New Mexico State Legislature.

The UNM College of Pharmacy congratulates Rede on this newest achievement; is eternally grateful for his work in helping future pharmacists; and will honor him at the College of Pharmacy Convocation Ceremony at the Albuquerque Convention Center’s Kiva Auditorium on May 16.