Dr. Stanley Lawrence Hem
Date of Death: January 23, 2011
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Dr. Stanley Lawrence Hem, 71, of West Lafayette, died unexpectedly at 3:53 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Central. He was born on Oct. 5, 1939, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was the son of the late Lawrence William and Edna Marr Hem. In 1961 he received his B.S. in pharmacy with high honors…

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M left a message on August 6, 2020:
Mr. Hem's work on Aluminum Hydroxide is brilliant. Hats off to him.
Dr. Erik B. Lindblad left a message on May 2, 2011:

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.


Jeff Luke left a message on January 31, 2011:
I was saddened when I heard about Dr. Hem&s unexpected passing. He was my professor last fall for IPPH 362. He was a wonderful teacher and a great inspiration to me to strive for excellence. I was hoping to express my condolences in person at the viewing; however, due to the large number of people present there (which was not surprising knowing Dr. Hem&s nature and influence), I had to leave early for work and was not able to do so.

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.
Tom & Fiona Baer left a message on January 31, 2011:

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
Marilyn W. Ziemer left a message on January 31, 2011:
Jan, Lars, Kristin,

No words!

Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Kristin Weidenbenner left a message on January 30, 2011:
Dr. Hem was one of the first professors in the College of Pharmacy at Purdue to make me feel welcome and proud to be a future pharmacist. He treated myself and colleagues as individuals and with respect. Dr. Hem taught with pride and instructed his students on both pharmacy and life. Dr. Hem&s love for his wife, family, and Purdue sports is well known by all. I am very thankful to have gotten the chance to know him and share our connection of Purdue volleyball and basketball together. I know he is smiling down on us all and will continue to Boiler Up in heaven. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mrs. Hem and her family.

-Kristin Weidenbenner
PharmD Candidate
Purdue University
College of Pharmacy
Nongnuch Ae Wongkaew left a message on January 30, 2011:
Dear Dr. Hem&s Families:

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)
somlak kongmuang left a message on January 30, 2011:
I would like to express my sincere respect to one of my professor at purdue, Dr. Stanley Hem. He was one my excellent professor that I have been know in my study carrer. He will always be in my memory. Thank you for such an excellent professor for me.
John Heimlich left a message on January 28, 2011:
To the Hem family,

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.

John Heimlich
IPPH &97
Deal, United Kingdom
Charlene Koh left a message on January 28, 2011:
Dear Janet,

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
Don A. Fields left a message on January 28, 2011:
Dear Jan,

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
Amy Lauterbach left a message on January 28, 2011:
Dr. Hem was by far one of the best teachers I have ever had - and I have been in school for many years. His lessons and anecdotes were the kind that stick with you for a very long time. He even took the time to meet with me outside of class when I told him about an internship I had dealing with vaccines. What I took away from the meeting was that he cared deeply about his research and his students. As I left the meeting, I felt so confident that I would be able to use my pharmacy career to make a positive impact, just as Dr. Hem had. He will be greatly missed by me and my fellow students. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Amy Lauterbach
Purdue PharmD Class of 2013
Kimberly Nguyen Day left a message on January 28, 2011:
Dr. Hem was a great professor that inspired many. May his memory live on through the thousands of lives he touched throughout his career. Condolences to the Hem family.

Kimberly (Nguyen) Day
PharmD 2004
Charlyce Patterson left a message on January 28, 2011:
Dear Hem Family,
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.
Julie Wolinsky left a message on January 28, 2011:
Dear Lars & Hem Family,

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 Wolinsky
Julie Thompson left a message on January 27, 2011:
When I first started at Purdue I started in the Office of Studnet Services for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. I would see Dr. Hem in the hallways and he always smiled! He would come into OSS and always say hello to me,not just &Hello& either, I mean a real Hello, ""Hi Julie""! In that office that meant alot to me. I&m deeply sad to learn of Dr. Hem&s passing. My condolences to the Hem family.
Julie D. Thompson
David Marks left a message on January 27, 2011:
I got to know Stan through his collaboration with PATH. He was truly a gentleman in his work with us. We will miss him. Please accept our condolences for this loss.
David Marks
William & Lisa Mark left a message on January 27, 2011:
I have many fond memories of Stan as both an undergraduate and graduate student. I found his council always to be sound and his love of students, teaching, and research to be inspiring. I will never forget his contributions to my education and my life. I consider myself a lucky person to have known and studied under him. He will remain always in my heart and prayers.
Karen Hull left a message on January 27, 2011:
Dear Jan, Lars, and Kristin,

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,
Bill and Beth Baird left a message on January 27, 2011:
We are so sorry to learn of Stan&s death. Bill has many good memories of his time at Purdue and his interactions with Stan in the Pharmacy School. Our prayers are with your family at this time.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Andrea Murray left a message on January 27, 2011:
To the dear loved ones of Dr. Hem,

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,
Andrea Murray
Drs. Don & Polly Trainor left a message on January 27, 2011:
Kristin, Please know that you, your Dad, your Mom and your extended family are in our prayers at this unexpected time. We will make a donation to the Purdue Foundation for the Stan Hem Scholarship Endowment at the College of Pharmacy in honor of your Dad. May your father rest in Peace with His Lord. Sincerely, Don & Polly Trainor
Jaymee Gaspar left a message on January 27, 2011:
I was a previous student of Dr. Hem, and he was truly one of my favorite professors. He was a great lecturer, very sweet, and always charming to speak to while waiting at the bus stop. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to his family; I know the following months will be tough. I lost my dad a year ago to cancer, and definitely understand how you feel. Try to focus on the happy memories. As time goes on there are less tears and more smiles when you think of him; I promise.

With love and respect,
Jaymee Gaspar
Yoon Yeo left a message on January 27, 2011:
Dr. Hem,

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.

Dirk Teagarden left a message on January 27, 2011:
I am greatly sorrowed to hear of the passing of Dr. Hem. He has been a mentor and a friend of mine for many years. I owe a great deal to Stan for his guidance as my major professor during my tenure in the IPPH graduate department. What I learned from Stan regarding how to teach others and how to dissect problems in science has helped me during my time spent in the pharmaceutical industry and contributed to many of my successes over the years since departing Purdue.

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
Ed Battjes left a message on January 27, 2011:
To the Family of Dr. Stan Hem,

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 & Cynthia Clinton left a message on January 26, 2011:
Jan and Family,

Knox and I are shocked and saddened to learn of Stan&s passing. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you.


Cynthia & Knox
Judi Yost left a message on January 26, 2011:
Mrs. Hem and family,

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.

Judi Yost

Bert & Becky Chapman left a message on January 26, 2011:
We&re very sorry to hear about Stan&s death and want you to know we will remember you in our prayers. We also pray you will feel the Lord&s peace in the days and weeks to come.
Stephanie Noe left a message on January 26, 2011:
Dear Jan,

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,

Tom Hull left a message on January 26, 2011:
Simply a great guy, a marvelous neighbor and friend, a true professional in his career, devoted family man, --- just ""the best!""
Tiffany Pon left a message on January 26, 2011:
To the Hem Family,

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.

Tiffany Pon
Sue MacOwan left a message on January 26, 2011:
Dear Wonderful Hem 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.
Sue MacOwan
Jordan Ambrose left a message on January 26, 2011:
To Dr. Hem&s family,

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,

Jordan Ambrose
Purdue School of Pharmacy, Class of 2011
Debbie Weidenbenner left a message on January 26, 2011:
My thoughts and prayers are with the Hem family. Dr. Hem truly touched the lives of both of my dauthters, Kristin & Heather, in the school of pharmacy of Purdue. I know they will miss you. Dr. Hem was a great man, teacher, and Boilermaker fan.
Ebenezer Ojo left a message on January 26, 2011:
Dr Hem was a caring and devoted teacher, not just for academics, but also for life lessons. He taught on how to improve the field of pharmacy, which he loved so much. He was an inspiration to me, and encouraged me in my times of need. He had genuine interest in people, he wanted to know about people&s culture and diversity. He loved his family dearly, especially his wife Janet. He was always happy at the opportunity to share stories about her. He will truly be missed. I love you so much Dr Hem. Adieu!
Kendra (Hensler) Kitchel left a message on January 26, 2011:
Janet, Lars and Family - I am so sorry for your loss. I have very warm memories of Stan from growing up in West Lafayette, and from his involvement with our class activities (Class of &86). I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Donovan Higgins left a message on January 26, 2011:
Dr. Hem was by far my favorite professor in pharmacy school. Being in this school is so stressful and demanding, but Dr. Hem made going to class fun! I am so shocked by all this and I&m praying for strength for his family. We will all see him again soon!
Pam Kirby left a message on January 26, 2011:
We were all shocked and saddened to hear of Stan&s passing. I know what a difficult time this is. Please let us know if we can do anything. You are in our prayers.

Andy, Pam, Chase, and Alyssa Kirby
Lauren Leimgruber left a message on January 26, 2011:
To the family of Dr. Hem,
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.
Lauren Leimgruber
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Garry Morefield left a message on January 25, 2011:
Dear Jan,
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.
Robin Bogner left a message on January 25, 2011:
I was shocked when Paul Kramer called me to tell me of the sudden passing of Dr. Hem. Paul and I cried together; he for a dear colleague and I for a treasured mentor. Dr. Hem very kindly sent me handwritten notes when I would reach some professional milestone. It was so very kind of him to follow and celebrate my career. After all, I am not a Purdue alum, just another young (at least at the time) scientist seeking guidance. I will have to work harder now to help other young faculty as Dr. Hem supported me. What a loss! I&m not ready yet.

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.

Warmest regards,
Robin Bogner
Neil & Julia Partridge left a message on January 25, 2011:
We have so many wonderful memories of Stan and all of the help he provided during Neil&s time at Purdue. He was truly a professor and mentor who cared deeply for his students and prompted them to work at their highest level. We remember fondly the dinners at your home and the warmth and support that you both provided to the students passing through your care. May you and your family feel God&s comfort, grace and strength as you celebrate Stan&s life and grieve your loss.
Elaine Morefield left a message on January 25, 2011:
Dear Jan and 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,
Elaine Morefield
Patricia Egan left a message on January 25, 2011:
It was a privilege to know Stanley as a consultant to Merck in West Point, PA. He was so passionate about the work he did and the advice he provided us. His visits always left us feeling encouraged about whatever problem we needed to solve. I am personally grateful for the time he took to help me get a manuscript published and for taking a personal interest in the work we did. Most importantly, he was an ethical and caring individual. I will certainly miss collaborating with him, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
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