Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Sylvia Wrobel, April 12, 1979

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:06 - Becoming involved in writing the centennial history of the College of Pharmacy, "The First Hundred Years of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy 1870-1970"

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Partial Transcript: Uh, let me just say, uh, before we get started just to get it on, uh, tape and get it official that, uh, that my name is Dwayne Cox and I am rep--represent the Department of Special Collections at the University of Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Sylvia Wrobel is introduced. She talks about her educational background and her career prior to writing the centennial history of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She talks about how she became involved with the College of Pharmacy.

Keywords: Bat Cave (N.C.); Dean Earl Slone; Dean Joseph Swintosky; Editing; Freelance writers; Grants; Lexington (Ky.); Publication; University of North Carolina (UNC); Writing

Subjects: College administrators; College histories; Louisville College of Pharmacy; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Finance; Universities and colleges--History; University of Kentucky. College of Pharmacy

GPS: Bat Cave (N.C.)
Map Coordinates: 35.451389, -82.286944
00:05:27 - Research for her book

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Partial Transcript: And you were s--y--y--and you were sort of a--you were a freelance writer then.

Segment Synopsis: Wrobel talks about her approach to writing her book on the history of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and discusses how she conducted her research.

Keywords: Academics; Arthur Wrobel; Changes; Commitment; Education; Husbands; Pharmacists; Practice; Professions; Records; Reporters; Resources; Sources; Working

Subjects: College environment; College histories; College teachers--Social conditions; College teaching.; Educational change--Kentucky; Educators; Louisville College of Pharmacy; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--History; Universities and colleges--Research; University of Kentucky. College of Pharmacy

00:09:28 - Changes in the pharmacy profession

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Partial Transcript: Your--you're talking about, uh--I told you in my letter that I'm sort of interested in the history of, uh, of higher education.

Segment Synopsis: Wrobel talks about the differences between generations of pharmacists and pharmacy students. She talks about how professors' relationships with students have changed, and talks about the new focus of the school.

Keywords: Camaraderie; Changes; Community; Dean Earl Slone; Dean Joseph Swintosky; Generations; PhD; Professionalism; Professions; Professor Richard Doughty; Quality of education; Regrets; Relationship with students; Roles

Subjects: College environment; College histories; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Social conditions; College teaching.; Educational change--Kentucky; Educators; Louisville College of Pharmacy; Pharmacists; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--History; University of Kentucky. College of Pharmacy

00:15:44 - Dean Earl Slone / effects of the changes in the pharmacy profession

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Partial Transcript: Well what about, uh, what about Dean Slone?

Segment Synopsis: Wrobel talks about her relationship with Dean Earl Slone while writing her book, and talks about his relationship with his students. She talks more about the differences between generations of pharmacists and how this change affected the careers of the older generation.

Keywords: Adjustment; Changes; Dean Earl Slone; Drug manufacturing; Drugstores; Generations; Knowledge; Making drugs; Personality; PhD; Pharmaceutical manufacturing; Plants; Relationship with students; Writing books

Subjects: College administrators; College environment; College histories; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Social conditions; College teaching.; Educational change--Kentucky; Educators; Louisville College of Pharmacy; Pharmacists; Pharmacy.; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--History; University of Kentucky. College of Pharmacy

00:23:01 - College of Pharmacy centennial

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Partial Transcript: So, uh, you, you were actually, uh, you were actually associated with the College of, of Pharmacy in one way or another, uh, before you had any idea about the history.

Segment Synopsis: Wrobel talks about her limited participation in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy centennial celebration due to the birth of her child.

Keywords: Awards; Centennial celebrations; Commendations; Dean Earl Slone; Dean Joseph Swintosky; Freelance writers; Involvement; Participation; Personality; Pregnant; Support

Subjects: College administrators; College histories; Louisville College of Pharmacy; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--History; University of Kentucky. College of Pharmacy

00:26:21 - Self image of pharmacy as a profession

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Partial Transcript: I guess every, uh, uh, every profession has a sort of self image, uh, and, and, and other people have an image of every profession.

Segment Synopsis: Wrobel talks about how pharmacists perceive themselves and their status, especially compared to the status of medical doctors. She talks more about how the different generations of pharmacists view themselves differently.

Keywords: Biochemistry; Careers; Dean Joseph Swintosky; Generations; Grants; Medical field; Power; Prestige; Professions; Professors; Publication; Scientific knowledge; Self-image; Status

Subjects: College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Social conditions; College teaching.; Educational change--Kentucky; Educators; Louisville College of Pharmacy; Pharmacists; Pharmacy.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. College of Pharmacy

00:31:11 - Professors at the College of Pharmacy and their interest in the book

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Partial Transcript: President, uh--I, I guess, now--I think I'm right about this, uh, uh, Dean Swintosky came to the College of Pharmacy while, uh, uh, uh, President Oswald was here?

Segment Synopsis: Wrobel talks about some of the professors, deans, and other staff at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and discusses their level of interest in the book she was writing on the college's history.

Keywords: Changes; Colleagues; Dean Earl Slone; Dean Joseph Swintosky; Dr. John Oswald; Ephraim McDowell; George Grider; Helpful; Implications; Institutions; Interest; Isaac Shelby; Personality; Secretaries; Sources; Writing books

Subjects: College administrators--Rating of; College environment; College histories; College teachers--Social conditions; Educators; Louisville College of Pharmacy; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--History; University of Kentucky. College of Pharmacy

00:37:51 - Possibility of future history books on the College of Pharmacy

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Partial Transcript: Uh, surely, uh--one of the reasons I wanted to do was that, uh, surely there will be a bicentennial history of the--in, in 2071.

Segment Synopsis: Wrobel says that there will likely be another book on the history of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy prior to the bicentennial due to the large amount of changes that have occurred there over a short period of time.

Keywords: Advancements; Bicentennials; Changes; Dean Joseph Swintosky; Institutions; Pace; Professions; Resources; Sources; Turning points; WWII; World War II; Writing books

Subjects: College administrators; College environment; College histories; Educational change--Kentucky; Educators; Louisville College of Pharmacy; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--History; University of Kentucky. College of Pharmacy; World War, 1939-1945

00:41:45 - Career since writing "The First Hundred Years of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy 1870-1970"

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Partial Transcript: Have, uh, uh--did, did you have anything that you wanted to say that I haven't asked you?

Segment Synopsis: Wrobel talks about other books she has written and other jobs she has held since writing her book on the history of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She talks about attending graduate school to earn a degree in behavioral science. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Behavioral science; Careers; Children; Dissertations; Freelance writers; George Grider; Graduate students; Isaac Shelby; Jobs; Sociology; Thomas Hunt Morgan; Writers; Writing books

Subjects: College majors; College students--Conduct of life.; Universities and colleges--Graduate work.