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Long-time supporter reflects on generosity on 98th birthday

Friday 16 March 2018 12:09pm

Emeritus Professor Fred Fastier proudly wears a gold Clocktower pin, which was presented to him by the Development and Alumni Relations Office on his 98th birthday on 13 March to acknowledge his long history of supporting the University.  

The University of Otago wished former Pharmacology faculty member and long-time Otago supporter Emeritus Professor Fred Fastier a happy 98th birthday on Tuesday, 13 March.

Fred taught pharmacology at Otago between 1949 and 1980 and was the inaugural professor of Pharmacology.

Since the mid-1990s Fred has supported the Fastier Prestigious Summer Studentship, which funds BSc, BSc(Hons) and MSc Pharmacology and Toxicology students over a 10-week summer research project.

Fred was made the first honorary member of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand in 1969 for his significant contribution to the development of pharmacy education.

He remained academically active for many years after leaving his post, eventually gaining a master’s degree in philosophy. In recent years he has often attended lectures on campus on a wide range of topics and has written and self-published a number of books, limericks and other entertainment.

ALUMNI FACT: Fred’s great-grand-niece Kelsi Fastier graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree in December 2016.