School of Pharmacy Mourns Passing of Alumnus, Former Professor

Kenneth S. Bauer, BSP ’89, PharmD, PhD, passed away on April 18.

By Becky Ceraul
April 19, 2019

Kenneth S. Bauer, BSP ’89, PharmD, PhD, alumnus and former faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, passed away on April 18, following a traffic accident in Florida. A well-respected teacher and esteemed researcher, Bauer taught and mentored numerous students during his 14-year career at the School of Pharmacy.

“Dr. Bauer was a wonderful colleague who brought a sense of humor and kindness to the School of Pharmacy’s pharmacokinetics lab, along with a great understanding of the subject and a talent to teach it at every level,” says Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School. “He was caring and sensitive to a fault, and funny and serious at the same time. It’s hard to believe he is not with us anymore.”

Bauer earned his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy (BSP) at the School of Pharmacy in 1989. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and doctorate in clinical pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Pittsburg in 1993 and 1999, respectively. In 2000, Bauer joined the School of Pharmacy’s faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS). He was promoted to associate professor in 2006.

As a member and director of the School’s former Clinical Pharmacology Unit, Bauer’s research expertise included pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic modeling, and clinical pharmacology research, including adhering to regulatory guidelines and preparation of reports to support Investigational New Drug (IND) and New Drug Application (NDA) submissions. His primary research interest was in the general field of clinical pharmacology, with a focus on anti-cancer agents. He collaborated on research with the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC), and played an integral role in many landmark studies.

He was also a principal investigator and co-investigator for several research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the pharmaceutical industry, and private foundations.

Throughout his 14 years at the School of Pharmacy, Bauer taught classes in both the PharmD and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) curriculums, including physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, therapeutics, clinical pharmacokinetics, pharmacy practice, and pharmacy practice laboratory. He mentored two graduate students, and served on many doctoral advisory committees. He also served as faculty advisor for the School’s chapter of Phi Delta Chi.

Bauer joined the faculty at the LECOM School of Pharmacy in Bradenton, Fl., in 2014, where he was a professor of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences and director of curriculum.

Bauer is survived by his wife, Katie Ferguson, PharmD ’12, his children, and his extended family and friends. Funeral arrangements are unknown at this time, but information will be shared as soon as it becomes available.

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