Gidley, William Francis (1882–1965)

By: Fred C. Morse

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: November 29, 2019

William Francis Gidley, pharmacy professor and college dean, was born on November 5, 1882, in Holly, Michigan, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Anna (Bailey) Gidley. He received a B.S. in pharmacy and a degree in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1908. He married Mamie Winifred Belford on September 7, 1910; they had four children. Gidley began work as a drugstore clerk in 1900. During the 1908–09 academic year he was a tutor at the University of Michigan. In 1909 he was appointed dean of Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Macon, Georgia, where he served for three years. Thereafter he was bacteriologist and chemist of the city of Macon for two years. He was made professor of materia medica at Purdue University and served in that position for five years. From 1918 until 1924 he was professor of pharmacy at Purdue. During that time he was also chief of the medical staff of E. R. Squibb in New York for one year. He became dean of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in 1924 and served in that capacity until 1947, when he resigned to teach. He wrote Prefixes and Suffices of Scientific Nomenclature (1940). In 1957 he retired from the faculty. He was a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, which awarded him its Schlotterbeck Award, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Texas Academy of Science, and the American Chemical Society. Gidley was a Methodist. He died in Austin on May 18, 1965.

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November 29, 2019

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