Arriving in 1949, Dr. Bruce served the college for 24 years until his death in 1973. Dr. Bruce received an A.B. degree in chemistry in 1926 and an M.S. in chemistry in 1929, both from the University of Kansas. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry-Bacteriology in 1949 from the University of Colorado. Dr, Bruce had considerable teaching experience when he arrived in Oklahoma in 1949. He had taught from 1925 to 1929 as Assistant Instructor at the University of Kansas, was head of the Science Department at Iola Kansas Junior College from 1929 to 1942, and was an instructor at the University of Colorado from 1943 to 1949. Dr. Bruce's teaching responsibilities in the College of Pharmacy included pharmaceutical chemistry, agricultural pharmacy, and history of pharmacy; he was also responsible for evaluation of transfer credits, served on the Athletic Council for the University, and was a consultant for the School of Public Health at the OU School of Medicine. Dr. Bruce was listed in American Men Science, Who's Who in the Southwest, Outstanding Educators of America, and the Dictionary of International Biography. In addition to his academic endeavors, Dr. Bruce was a consultant toxicologist and analyst for the Kansas county court and was a chemistry consultant for an oil company. An endowment to create and support the John B.Bruce Scholarship for graduate students was established by Dr. Bruce's wife, Alice. Cash award presented to an outstanding graduate student in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
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