Bill Szabo

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Bill received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Lehigh University, worked for two years as an R&D chemist at Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Laboratories near Philadelphia, and earned his Ph.D. degree in heterocyclic and medicinal chemistry from the University of Florida. He held a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in natural product synthesis at Wesleyan University with Professor Max Tishler, former President of Merck Research Laboratories and a past ACS President.

Next, Bill was recruited by Alfred Bader, co-founder of the Aldrich Chemical Company, and worked for 18 years at Aldrich in Milwaukee in various management positions in R&D, production and advertising. He then relocated to the Sigma-Aldrich corporate headquarters in St. Louis and spent four years in the sales and marketing of bulk pharmaceutical intermediates, positions which included Sales Director for North America and Vice President of International Sales.

In 1998 he took an early retirement, moved to San Diego, and consulted for the next 14 years in drug and business development. In 2012 he co-authored a chapter in a book on transition metal-catalyzed asymmetric cross-coupling reactions. He is a 40-year member of the AAAS and a lifetime member of the Japan Society of San Diego & Tijuana.

Bill is a 50-year member of the ACS. He served on the Organizing Committee of the 2007 ACS Western Regional Meeting, was Chair of the San Diego Section’s Public Relations and Fundraising Committees, and organized the Section’s 2009 and 2010 San Diego Science Festival exhibits. Bill was Chair of the ACS-San Diego Section in 2011, for which year the Section received the ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding Performance by a Local Section (Large Size Category). He received the Section’s Outstanding Committee Chair Award in 2014 and the Tony Bottone Award for Outstanding Service in 2015. Bill served as the Section’s Treasurer for five years (2012-2016).