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Medicinal chemistry educator

Donald Theodore Witiak, American medicinal chemistry educator.


Witiak, Donald Theodore was born on November 16, 1935 in Milwaukee. Son of Theodore and Elvi (Dahlbacka) Witiak.


Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin -Madison, 1958;postgraduate, University of Wisconsin -Madison, 1959-1960;Doctor of Philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry, University of Wisconsin -Madison, 1961;postgraduate, U. Kansas, 1960-1961.


Assistant professor, U. Iowa, Iowa City, 1961-1966;associate professor, U. Iowa, Iowa City, 1966-1967;associate professor, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1967-1971;professor medicinal chemistry, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1971-1993;chairman division medicinal chemistry, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1973-1982;director basic research university Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1987-1993;professor emeritus, Ohio State University, Columbus, since 1993;professor medical chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, since 1993;Dean School Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1993-1995. Member study section National Institutes of Health, 1980-1983. United States representative to provisional section committee International Union Pure and Applied Chemistry, 1986-1988.

Member Canada Government international multidisciplinary peer-review committee for networks of Center Excellence. Member drug. development, hematology and pathology study section American Cancer Society, since 1995.



Member Columbus Biotechnology Advisory Committee, 1985, Columbus Technology Roundtable, 1983. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1955-1963. Fellow American Pharmaceutical Association, Academy Pharmaceutical Sciences, American Association Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Member American Chemical Society (committee nomenclature 1984-1985, chairman committee to review Journal Medicinal Chemistry 1983, councilor division medical chemical 1990-1992), American Cancer Society (supported research committee Ohio division 1988, board directors 1991-1993).


Married Deanne Beth Knapton, December 16, 1958. Children– Mark Donald, Elizabeth Jane.

Theodore Witiak

Elvi (Dahlbacka) Witiak

Deanne Beth Knapton

Mark Donald Witiak

Elizabeth Jane Witiak