In Memoriam : Dr. Douglas Kay

Dr. Douglas Kay Dr. Douglas Henry Kay - age: 88
(February 17, 1928 to June 19, 2016 )
Resident of Biddeford, Maine

Visitation Information:
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday June 24th 2016 at the Ludcke Auditorium at UNE School of Pharmacy, 716 Stevens Avenue in Portland at 1:00pm. Dennett, Craig, & Pate Funeral Home of Saco Maine is assisting the family with arrangements. Should one choose, an online guest book is available to leave a message of condolence for Dr. Kay’s family by visiting

Donations may be made in Dr. Kay’s memory to the UNE School of Pharmacy, 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME 04103.

Biddeford – Dr. Douglas H. Kay passed away peacefully, with his family by his side on Sunday June 19th 2016. He was born in West Paris Maine, the son of the late Edwin Kay M.D. and Ethel Jones. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy B Kay of 67 years, together they had 2 children: Douglas J Kay (spouse Lucie) & Donna L Sexauer (spouse Dave) 3 grandchildren: James Kay of Manchester NH, Deanna Kay of Lake Tahoe Ca & David Sexauer Pittsburg PA.
Doug earned his PhD from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and continued teaching Organic Chemistry and later becoming the Dean of Students, he was there for over 30 years. Following this tenure at MCP, he was offered a position at Duquesne University’s Pharmacy School as Dean where he spent the next 19 years. He retired to his family home in Hills Beach, Biddeford, Maine. In retirement, Dr. Kay led a feasibility analysis at UNE to justify the need for a pharmacy school in Northern New England. UNE would have ever seen the new college become a reality unless Dr. Kay believed it first. He was instrumental in founding the University of New England’s School of Pharmacy becoming acting Dean in 2009-2010. The inaugural class dedicated a compass to Dean Kay in the garden adjacent to the school of pharmacy at the completion of the first academic year. Almost 60 years after the beginning of his career and Dr. Kay still had "it" - a positive influence in the lives of future generations of pharmacists. In 2013, Dr. Kay was recognized by the Maine Pharmacy Association with the Bowl of Hygeia for his outstanding record of civic and professional leadership.
He enjoyed traveling to China, Japan and all of the U.S. states.

J. Douglas Bricker - June 21, 2016Contact this person Contact this person
The Mylan School of Pharmacy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh Pa offers sincere condolences to the family of Dean Emeritus, Douglas H. Kay, Ph.D. who served as the fifth dean of the School of Pharmacy from 1981-1998. His accomplishments and dedication to pharmacy education were outstanding. He will always be remembered with affection by the Duquesne family.

Timothy Austin - June 22, 2016Contact this person Contact this person
On behalf of the faculty and staff in the Division of Academic Affairs at Duquesne, may I offer my sympathy to all of Dr Kay's family and friends. His long and significant service to the Mylan School stands out despite his many other professional accomplishments. May he rest in peace. Timothy T Austin, Provost

Marc Harrold - June 22, 2016Contact this person Contact this person
Dottie and Family, I am very sorry to hear of Doug's passing. He was a true gentleman, very passionate about pharmacy and pharmacy education. I think his strongest attribute was his ability to put others before himself. He always promoted faculty and student activities and accomplishments. He joined Duquesne as the Dean in my last year in Pharmacy. He then hired me five years later as a member of the faculty and was instrumental in my success for many years. He always supported my efforts, and almost always had a smile on his face and a kind word to share with those around him. His presence will be missed. Please accept my condolences.

IAN MATHISON - June 22, 2016Contact this person Contact this person
Dear Dottie: I was shocked and saddened to learn of Doug's passing. Both of you have been dear friends for many, many years although in these latter retirement years we have not seen a lot of each other. Please accept my sincere condolences.I know you and the entire Kay family will truly miss this very special person. I recall very fondly our getting together at the many,many professional meetings we attended - each time was a time of great joy for me as we renewed and sustained our wonderful friendship. At this time of sorrow I know that your wonderful family will provide the strength to endure what I know is a time of deep sorrow and loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Doug - Rest in Peace. IAN MATHISON

Janet Astle - June 23, 2016Contact this person Contact this person
Dottie and Family, My sincere sympathy and condolences to all of you. I have such fond memories of Dean Kay. I had the honor of working at the School of Pharmacy at Duquesne University under his leadership. He was the ultimate professional and always such a gentleman. He will be greatly missed.

Lawrence Block - June 29, 2016Contact this person Contact this person
As a retired Pharmacy faculty member at Duquesne University, I was saddened to hear of Doug Kay's passing this past week. My friendship with Doug grew out of our relationship as faculty member/Department Chair and Dean, respectively. Doug's deft management of the expanding faculty and student body at Duquesne along with his sincere personal concern for virtually everyone he came in contact with marked his tenure as Dean. We will miss his wise council and his humanity. My wife, Sharon, and I extend our sincere condolences to his family at this time.

Norm Tomaka - July 6, 2016Contact this person Contact this person
As an alumni of the college of pharmacy I am thankful for the many contributions from Dean Douglas Kay. I will especially remember when he and Dottie visited the Florida Pharmacy Assiciation to attend the pharmacy convention to honor Duquesne alumni. Always building people up....always leaving a better place than he found. To see your condolences to the family especially Dottie. May his soul rest in peace.


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