Southfield - Janardan B. Nagwekar, Ph.D., a long-time resident of Southfield MI, who died Oct.9 in Fort Worth, TX, was born Oct. 25, 1930 in Bombay (now Mumbai), India. He received B.Sc. degrees in Chemistry (University of Baroda, 1953) and Pharmaceutics (University of Bombay, 1956) before taking a position as an analytical chemist at Dumax division of Pfizer in Bombay. He then continued his education at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia) where he received his B.S. Pharmacy (1960) and the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from Temple University (1965). On July 1, 1965, Dr. Nagwekar was appointed assistant professor of pharmaceutics at the Wayne State University College of Pharmacy (now, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), eventually advancing to the rank of full professor. During his career Dr. Nagwekar taught several courses in dosage form design of medicinal agents and pharmacokinetics and was a prolific contributor to the literature of mechanisms influencing drug adsorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion. Before his retirement from the University in 1995, Dr. Nagwekar directed the dissertations of eight Ph.D. students, including the College's first three doctoral recipients, who went on to successful careers in academia and industry.
Dr. Nagwekar was predeceased by his wife of 22 years, Natalie, late stepdaughter Susan Henigan and late stepson Jess Porter, and is survived by his stepdaughter Jeannie Milstein of Oak Park, MI, grandchildren Jeffrey Milstein, Meghan McCarthy, Meredith Lestwich, Alex Porter, and Jacob McCarthy, great grandchildren Raleigh and Xavier Lestwich, his grandnephew Pratik Nagwekar of Fort Worth, TX, and his very close friend Shellie Louis-Ferdinand, as well as a host of friends and colleagues who cherish his memory. A traditional Hindu funeral service was conducted at Flower Mound Funeral Home in Flower Mound, TX on October 13.