Dean Henry B. Carey


Acting Dean, 1932–1937

Henry Benjamin Carey was born in Mapleton, Minnesota in 1876, graduating with honors from the University of Minnesota in 1900. In 1905 he graduated cum laude as Doctor of Medicine from Northwestern University Medical School, immediately becoming a member of the faculty. He made 50 dollars a month as a medical intern at the Michigan Asylum for the Insane at Kalamazoo.

In 1906 Carey was recruited by what was then called the California College of Pharmacy of the Affiliated Colleges of the University of California, in San Francisco, teaching in the areas of botany and pharmacognosy. He became acting dean in 1932, a position he held until his death in 1937. Under his administration, the College of Pharmacy became an integral part of the University. His goal was to raise standards in the teaching and practice of pharmacy. He also served for many years as instructor and assistant professor of anatomy and histology in the School of Dentistry.

He was one of the founders of the Pacific Pharmacist, and served as associate editor and editor. He died in 1937 after a short illness, and after more than 30 years of service to the College. It was said of him about his alliance with both medicine and pharmacy, “To his influence is due much of the close cooperation now obtaining between the two groups in California.”

Sources: Calisphere, University of California, “In Memoriam,” 1937. Report of the Board of Trustees for the Michigan Asylum for the Insane at Kalamazoo, Volumes 25-31.