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Memorial

Alviso Burdett Stevens
The Michigan Alumnus 297

Pharmacy Dean-Emeritus A. B. Stevens 
Dies In California At Age Of 86


Two months of illness culminated
 by a heart attack on January 22
 came to a close for Dean Emeritus 
Alviso Burdett Stevens, '75p, Sc.D.
(Hon.)'26, of the College of Pharm
acy, on January 24, with his death at
 Escondido, California, where he has
 lived since retirement. The former
 Dean of Michigan's College of Pharm
acy, a widely recognized authority on
 pharmaceutical affairs, was 86 years 
of age. 


Born in Tyrone, Michigan, June 15, 
 1853, he came to Michigan to enter 
the College of Pharmacy, and received 
his Ph.C. degree in 1875. For ten years
 after his graduation, he conducted a 
prescription pharmacy and analytical 
laboratory in Detroit, and taught at 
the Detroit Medical College. He was 
active in promoting the interests of 
professional societies in Detroit, help
ing to organize the Detroit Pharma
ceutical Association, which he served as 
first President. He had also served as
 Vice-President of the American 
Pharmaceutical Association, and was 
Honorary President of this organiza
tion in 1919. 


Dr. Stevens returned to Michigan as 
Instructor in Pharmacy in 1886, be
came Lecturer in 1890, Assistant Pro
fessor in 1892, Junior Professor in
 1906, Professor in 1909, Acting Dean
 of the College of Pharmacy, 1912-
1914, and Dean in 1917. He retired as 
Dean Emeritus in 1919, and in later 
years has engaged in raising of citrus 
fruits on his ranch at Escondido. 


For many years, Dr. Stevens was
 one of the nation's outstanding author
ities in pharmacy, having served as a 
member of the committee for revision
 of the United States Pharmacopoeia, 
 eighth and ninth revisions, and on the 
committee of revision for third and 
fourth revisions of the National
 Formulary. He is also the author of 
Arithmetic of Pharmacy, 1907; Man
ual of Pharmacy and Dispensing, 
1909, and of many articles on 
pharmacy and related subjects. 


At the University of Berne, Switz
erland, he studied for the Ph.D. degree, which he received in 1902, and 
in 1926 Michigan bestowed on him the 
honorary degree of Doctor of Science.