W. Clarke Wescoe, M.D.
W. Clarke Wescoe, M.D., was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on May 3,1920. He is a graduate of Muhlenberg College (BS 1941) and Cornell University Medical College (M.D. 1944). Dr. Wescoe was an intern and resident at New York Hospital. He served as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at Cornell University Medical College from 1949 to 1951. In 1949 he also received the prestigious Markle Scholarship.
Dr. Wescoe was recruited to the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1951 as Professor of Pharmacology and Experimental Medicine. Shortly after his arrival Dr. Wescoe was named Dean of the School of Medicine, succeeding Franklin D. Murphy, M.D. A year later he took on the additional role of Director of the University of Kansas Medical Center. In 1960 he became Chancellor of the University of Kansas, again succeeding Franklin D. Murphy, M.D. Dr. Wescoe left the University of Kansas in 1969 to become Vice President for Medical Affairs and Research at Sterling Drug, Inc., later rising to the position of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Following his retirement from Sterling in 1985, Dr. Wescoe served on the Board of Directors of the New York Stock Exchange as well as several academic, corporate, and foundation boards.
A tribute to Dr. Wescoe in the 1956 Jayhawker M.D. read:
Even in the very busy agenda of his average day's work, he is a good listener, and, if your project is feasible, you will find him an enthusiastic backer; but he can say "no" just as firmly and pleasantly as "yes." Under Dr. Wescoe's just and vigorous administration, faculty, administrative staff, and students alike are digging in, working in harmony, and continuing to increase the respect given our Medical School and its various activities for its manifold accomplishments both in science and the humanities.
Dr. Wescoe died February 29, 2004.