I have been in contact with Stan on a regular basis over the last 20 years or so, in reality since I started working with the aluminum adjuvants, a science field in which Stan was the undisputed world champion.
After a lot of correspondance at a distance I visited Stan at Purdue University. He very kindly picked me up at the small airport. My suitcase did not make it, so he even drove me to some shops where I could buy some necessities, such as a tooth brush, some clothes et. etc. Later, when I visited his dept. I noticed the great respect, trust and admiration that all his young students showed him. He was truly a kind of father figure to them in science.
Later we also met in Copenhagen, and we shared a paper together with Dr. Lana Burrell, at that time a Ph.D studen of Stan&s. Over the last five years or so we collaborated about two monographs in Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients.
In April I attended the vaccine adjuvant meeting in Portugal and I was informed by Jim Brewer from Scotland that Stan had passed away on the 23.rd. January.
These were very sad news to me. I feel that adjuvant science has lost one of its most important persons.
I have found a photo of Stan on the internet and when I next month give a few lectures on aluminum adjuvants in China, I shall include a slide showing Stan&s portrait to commemorate him for his outstanding work with the aluminum adjuvants.
Thanks for everything, Stan. May your memory be honoured.
In remembering Dr. Hem, I think of how he was one of the first professors that I met here; during orientation for the new Pharm.D. students, we did faculty roundtables, and I was fortunate to sit with Dr. Hem for part of it. He talked with us about his work with vaccines and formulations. It was fascinating to me, and I went home and told my wife that that was something that I would like to do with my life. Whether that will happen remains to be seen, but the inspiration that I took from Dr. Hem has been and will continue to be a great blessing in my life. He taught us that the small things do matter and to do the best that we can.
At this difficult time, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Fiona and I were very sorry to hear about the sudden death of your father.
I remember seeing him at all the football games and track meets during High School, and how proud he was of you. There wasn?t a force on Earth that would have kept him from one of your football games.
I know all your memories combined with the feeling of loss are very painful for you now. But you can take comfort in knowing that over time those memories will make you happy, not sad.
Please accept our condolences and know that you and your family are in our thoughts.
Tom & Fiona Baer
College of Pharmacy
I would like to express my deepest condolences to you all in this very hard moment. I had once experienced losing my beloved mother fifteen years ago and so I absolutely feel your great lost.
I must say he was the best mentor I have ever had. If he hadn&t chosen me as one of his advisees, I wouldn&t have been touched by his sincere passion for his students. I just couldn&t believe he&s not with us anymore as I just had a lively phone conversation with him around New Year. He sounded so much enthusiastic about the project he&s been working on and asked me to fill him in about my life and my career. I remembered I told him I would very much like to visit him some day. Unfortunately, that day will never come.
He will always be remembered and touched by anyone who&s fortunate to know him. That I truly believe with all my heart.
Nongnuch Pongcharoenkiat Wongkaew (Dr. Hem&s Ph.D. Student 1995-1999)
I was very sorry to hear the news that Dr. Hem had passed away, my deepest condolences to the family. I was one of Dr. Hem&s grad students in the 90&s, and very much enjoyed my time working with him. He really helped shape me as a scientist and taught me many valuable lessons that have served me well in my career so far (and I also enjoyed a few Purdue basketball games with him!). I know that there are many other scientists out there doing good work to help others in the Pharma industry, academia, and other areas as well because of Dr. Hem&s influence and guidance, it is hard to imagine someone having much more impact on others than that.
My prayers go out for your whole family for peace during this difficult time.
Deal, United Kingdom
We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you and your family in this difficult time.
Charlene Koh and family
I was so sorry to hear about Stan&s untimely death. It is always a surprise, but I am sure this one came far too quick. JoAnne&s was too quick for me, but I was well aware of it a few weeks before it happened. I am praying for you and the family and that God will give you a meaningful grieving time and a great remembering time as you reflect on Stan&s life. I heard about it from Max and Maxine Balkema. JoAnne really counted her friendship with you a very important thing, and though I did not know Stan as well as you, I was very much impressed with him as a person. Know that I am praying for you these days as you adjust to a new lifestyle and all the changes it brings to life. God knows our loss and wants to be especially near.........Don Fields
Purdue PharmD Class of 2013
Kimberly (Nguyen) Day
I wish to express my sympathy for your loss. Dr. Hem was a very kind man. When passing him in the halls of the Pharmacy Building he always gave a kind, gentle smile. We had just spoken a few weeks ago as we passed one another in one of the buildings on campus and he gave me that kind smile as he normally would. In my early days at Purdue I served as the receptionist to the Dean of Pharmacy so I saw Dr. Hem often. He was a fine man. I would like to share with you one of my favorite scriptures Isaiah 25: 8 may it bring you comfort to know how Jehovah God feels about death. My thoughts and prayers and with you at this time.
I am thinking of you during this sad time and wanted to express my sympathy. My memories of your dad are very kind, and I am very sorry for your loss.
Julie D. Thompson
I was both shocked and saddened to hear the news about Stan. I can&t even imagine the sorrow that you feel, but hopefully, the many years of good memories will bring some comfort.
When I think of Stan, the word that keeps popping into my mind is ""kind."" I think he was one of the kindest people I have ever met. Our family has certainly lost a good friend. I regret that I will be unable to make it up for the visitation.
Jan, if there is ANYthing I can do to help you out now or in the future, please do not hesitate to call or email.
My thoughts are with you,
I know this is a difficult time for your family. I am sure you are hearing from many unfamiliar names, as Dr. Hem had such a huge impact on his many students at Purdue. I am a pharmacist who had Dr. Hem in class in 2007-2008, and he impacted my life and my career greatly. I won&t forget sending him an e-mail at the end of the semester expressing my gratitude in his teaching and how he cared for his students--when he e-mailed me back, he said ""come on by my office sometime and we will chat."" I went to his office and we talked for about an hour about teaching. He told me that perhaps I would be teaching one day and encouraged and spurred me on. I am now pursuing that goal. I know there are no words to convey my sympathy to you all, and I know you all already know what a wonderful man he was. I just wanted to send a note saying he had impacted my life and I have such warm thoughts of him. The way he loved his wife was evident in the stories he told in class. I know he loved the Lord as well. And while this is a very sad time for you all, heaven rejoices with the death of a Saint, and I hope you find your comfort in knowing that.
Many prayers for your family during this time of loss,
With love and respect,
You&ve been a great teacher and colleague. I&ll think of you whenever i teach 363. You love for students and passion for teaching will be remembered for a long time. I&ll miss you a lot.
Additionally, I really enjoyed coaching his son, Lars in the West Lafayette Little League baseball program during the mid 70&s. Stan and Jan were great parents who never missed a game of Lars and who were the kind of supportive parents who made coaching kids a great joy.
Stan will be missed by all for his numerous achievements as a professor, scientist, teacher and mostly as a loving father and husband.
Our condolences to his family and friends.
Dirk and Cecile Teagarden
I wish I could express how sorry I was to hear of the passing of your husband, father, and grandfather. I was a student of Stan&s in 2006, and he was one of the most genuine people I had ever had the pleasure of meeting. I consider myself extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from him; not only on the practices of industrial pharmacy, but on the practices on life. I will never forget him talking to a small group of us about ""love"" and how he had found it with you, Mrs. Hem. He was a marvelous man who was able to show so much compassion and pride in all aspects of his life. And, I believe what was so special about him was that he was able to share these aspects. One of the most fond memories that many of his students will have of him are the cookies that you baked and let him bring into class. This is just one of the many examples of how he showed his love and compassion for you, and then shared this with the world. He was a role model for me, and his teachings that I hold dear will continue to remind me of that upstanding man he was, and that I continue to aim to be.
As I occasionally come back to campus, it will be difficult to not see Stan cheering on his Boilers at the basketball or volleyball games. It will be even more difficult to know the students coming through the pharmacy program will not have the opportunity to learn from such a wonderful educator and humble man.
I wish you all nothing but the best in the trying days ahead. Stan was very inspirational to so many, and it brings me comfort to find that his inspiration will continue to live on, even if his physical being is no longer with us. I hope that you will be able to find comfort.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. May God bless you all.
Ed Battjes, Class of 2010
Knox and I are shocked and saddened to learn of Stan&s passing. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you.
Cynthia & Knox
Due to previous commitments, I will not be able to attend Dr. Hem&s visitation and funeral. However, I wish to extend my sympathy to all of you. I have worked in the Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy for over 30 years and have known Dr. Hem during all that time. Even though I will be retiring from Purdue next week, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
His passing comes as quite a shock for me, as I am sure it does for you, too. Stan was a great mentor and professor, and I will miss him dearly throughout my life and career. He has helped me so much already. He helped me get my first job after grad school. Working with him was a wonderful experience I will treasure forever.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you the very best through these challenging times.
With deepest sympathy,
I offer my deepest condolences in this time of sadness. Dr. Hem&s dedication to teaching and his students was apparent from the first day I met him, and I am forever grateful for all the knowledge and stories he shared with us. He was truly an incredible human being and professor. He did great things up until his passing and is more than an inspiration to many; already he is greatly missed by his students. Thank you for sharing him with the Purdue pharmacy family.
I was so saddened to read about your loss. I will tell you that I know exactly what you are feeling, as my dad died yesterday. So, while I would love to be able to attend the visitation and give you each a hug in person...I am going to have to instead hope that you feel my thoughts, prayers, and hugs through this email. I think of you often and you will always have a special place in my heart.
I just wanted to say that Dr. Hem was a fabulous teacher and magnificent story teller. Even though I was just one of MANY students, somehow Dr. Hem always remembered my face. I would sometimes walk past him on campus and he would always smile and say ""hello."" He was one of the nicest men I have ever met and he will be greatly missed by many.
My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time,
Purdue School of Pharmacy, Class of 2011
Andy, Pam, Chase, and Alyssa Kirby
I was fortunate enough to be in Dr. Hem&s fall Basic Pharmaceuticals class. I want to express how impressed I was by Dr. Hem as an educator and an individual. You could feel the passion he expressed for life and for pharmacy just by being in his presence. I will be forever thankful for the messages he taught me in and out of the classroom. It is with no doubt that I believe Dr. Hem&s memory will remain active in the lives of the students and colleagues that were touched by his caring nature and kind spirit. I send my deepest sympathies.
I want to to share my condolences with you and your family. I was greatly sadden when I learned that Stan had passed. He was such an inspiration to all that knew him. He was a wonderful mentor and friend to me. I loved our chats about research projects and we could always find a way to help each other move through difficult problems in our projects. I will always remember his energy and excitement for learning and teaching others. Hopefully you can find some comfort in knowing how many students he has touched through his teaching and how many lives he has helped improved through his research. Stan will be greatly missed. If there is anything I can do to help you through this difficult time please let me know. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
I&ve been on the phone with Dale Wurster, and in contact with Mike Akers by email. I hope you know the breadth of influence Dr. Hem had on so many of us. Of course, he willed be missed. We will all just have to work harder now.
Our thoughts are with you! If Dr. Hem&s passing is this difficult for us in the scientific community, I can only imagine how difficult it must be for his family.
I was so sorry to hear about Stan&s passing. He was a very influential person in my life. I was very grateful for all his mentoring and encouragement over the years. It was also a pleasure to know you and enjoy your hospitality.
Stan was a wonderful teacher and scientist. His contributions can also be counted in all the sucesses of his many students. He will be greatly missed.
Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you in this time of sorrow. Please keep in touch and let me know how you are doing.
With much sympathy,