Ed Foote is the chairperson and professor of Pharmacy Practice at Wilkes University. Foote, 48, is also a visiting professor at the Commonwealth Medical College. He graduated from Lakeland High School and received his BS and PharmD degrees from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. Dr. Foote completed a fellowship in pharmacokinetics and nephrology at the University of Minnesota. Ed lives in Trucksville with his wife, Corinne, and their children, Amanda, Ethan and Jason.
How did the interest in your profession begin? I always liked chemistry when I was in high school. I also enjoyed visiting the local pharmacies where I lived. I like working with people, too, so I think the decision was made during my high school years to pursue pharmacy. I even took one of those aptitude tests that would point you in a certain direction. I chose pharmacy.
What did you do after college? Shortly after college I went to Europe with a friend. We visited other friends and went backpacking across the continent. It was an experience of a lifetime. I even have pictures with my friend in front of the Berlin Wall. I would love to visit Eastern Europe some day.
Where did you work before arriving in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area? Before I came to Wilkes in 2000, I taught at Rutgers University. I was on the faculty at the School of Pharmacy there.
What is it about teaching that motivates you? I am a teacher and faculty first and foremost. The groups of students I have taught over the years are exceptional. It is fantastic to see them grow as individuals and to become pharmacists. I really miss working with my staff as I am currently on sabbatical.
What have you been doing while on sabbatical? The theme of the sabbatical is related to inter-professional education. Faculty members get together and attempt to make a program better and make better professional decisions. We teach health care students as a team to get the best outcomes possible. Over the last five to 10 years we have been attempting a movement to have our students learn to act together better in a working environment along with teaching.
You speak so highly of colleagues, students and family. Who was a strong force or mentor to you? My parents were incredible. They were very strong and intelligent and I learned integrity from both of them. They really showed me the way in how to help others. They were also an inspiration in the way they conducted their marriage. They were two different people, but they really showed me how to have a great marriage.
Still following with the family theme, what do you and your family like to do together? Frances Slocum Park is a gem. It is only five miles away and we try to take advantage of what is in our own backyard. We love it up there with all of the mountains and trees. My children and family life keep me really busy.
Do you have any hobbies? I'm really trying to learn golf this year. I also enjoy gardening and reading.
What types of books do you enjoy? I mainly read history books. I am currently reading a book about King Arthur.
What is on the radio or CD player? Often times it is whatever my daughter is listening to. Other times I like to listen to National Public Radio and cool or quiet jazz and maybe some classical as well.
What is a saying you have or live by? I try to live my personal and professional life according to the values set by my department, teamwork, integrity and dedication.
What is your favorite food? I love Thai food, especially at the Thai Thai restaurant in downtown Wilkes-Barre.
What would you like to see improve in Northeastern Pennsylvania? This is such a great area to raise kids and a family, but the news about the political system and schools here can be quite disheartening at times. I would like to see improvements in those areas.
What has been the proudest moment in your life? There are so many little things and positives with both work and family. I have been blessed and all memorable events in my life are special.
John Gordon writes about area people for the Meet feature. Reach him at 970-7229.