North Central College - Naperville, IL

Richard L. Easterday

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Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2010

Dr. Richard L. Easterday ’60 enjoyed a distinguished career in the pharmacology industry. His expertise in biochemistry, nutrition and corporate leadership led to increasingly responsible positions in research and development, marketing and executive management for Pharmacia Fine Chemicals, later known as Pharmacia Biotechnology Group.

A chemistry major at North Central College, Richard received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biochemistry and nutrition from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA, in 1963 and 1967. While attending school, Richard was inducted into the Phi Lambda Upsilon chemistry honors fraternity. He also completed the executive management course at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University in 1984.

Richard joined Pharmacia in November 1965 and held various positions, including manager of technical service, director of research and development, director of marketing and general manager. In November 1983 he was appointed executive vice president of Pharmacia Inc. and president of the Pharmacia Biotechnology Group. As president of Biotechnology, he was responsible for the laboratory separations, process separations and molecular biology product lines and was president of Pharmacia P-L Biochemicals, Inc., located in Milwaukee, WI.

Richard was named to the strategic planning group and biotechnology management group boards of Pharmacia in Uppsala, Sweden, and to the board of Biolink, which supplied equipment and systems for the large-scale manufacturing of biotechnology products.

Richard also served on the boards of directors of several industry groups and has written numerous technical papers and articles for publication. He has been a long-time supporter of North Central College and served as a College trustee from 1987 to 1994. He and his wife, Cathy, maintain homes in Martinsville, NJ, and Wisconsin.