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May 30, 2006

ULM mourns the loss of Dr. August Danti

The University of Louisiana at Monroe mourns the death of Dr. August Danti, a former ULM pharmacy professor and avid community volunteer.

Danti died on Tuesday, May 30 of a lengthy illness, but he left a 35-year heritage of warm sincerity and selfless devotion to the university, his family, friends and the community.

"The university offers its heartfelt and deepest sympathies to Dr. Danti's family and to the many students and individuals who had the privilege of knowing him," said ULM President James Cofer.

Danti began instructing ULM students on Sept. 1, 1959 until his retirement on Jan. 25, 1995.

"Dr. August Danti will be missed by those faculty and students who knew him," said Dr. F. Lamar Pritchard, dean of the college of pharmacy. "The heart of a College is comprised of all faculty and students who have stepped through its doors. Dr. Danti's legacy and influence will endure as part of our program's heritage."

Dr. William Bourn, director of development for the college of pharmacy remembers Danti with much fondness. "Gus was always impeccably dressed - a true southern gentleman, despite the fact that he was from Pennsylvania. When I first came to work at ULM as an assistant professor in 1974, Gus was the first guy to welcome me. He was very cordial and enthusiastic. I always appreciated that. He always had a kind word and a funny story."

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