The Joseph B. Schwartz LMS Research Fund

The Joseph B. Schwartz LMS Research Fund


Joe was the Burroughs-Wellcome Professor of Pharmaceutics and Director of Industrial Pharmacy Research at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (University of the Sciences in Philadelphia). He previously worked for Merck Sharpe and Dohme Research and Development Laboratories from 1967 to 1981.

His research focused primarily in the areas of formulation and processing of drug delivery systems, both immediate release and controlled release.

In the 1990’s, he also served for ten years as Editor of PDA Journal of Parenteral Science and Technology.

Joe was honored as the 2006 Outstanding Educator by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) at its convention in October.

Joe’s warm smile, wonderful wit, and genuine caring for others endeared him to all he encountered. In turn, he cared deeply for his family and friends, his colleagues & students, and the more than 30 graduate students he mentored through their Ph.D programs.

Ever our “Broadway Baby”, he was always eager to share his passionate interest and encyclopedic knowledge of Broadway musicals with anyone he encountered, from family and friends to nurses during chemotherapy treatments and hospital stays.

He was a genuinely nice guy – loyal, honest, and generous in his relationships. After his diagnosis in 8/04 he said, “I have lived a great life with opportunities I never imagined. I have no regrets. I am ready to die but I’m not giving up yet!” And so even in his last week, he continued to work, oversee the Ph.D defense of his 32nd graduate student, and enjoy and share knowledge of Broadway music.

Joe fought LeiomyoSarcoma of the inferior vena cava (IVC) with courage and determination. He was a hero in every sense of the word. He died at home on August 14, 2006.

The Joseph B. Schwartz LMS Research Fund was made a part of this website in June, 2006. We are grateful to the many loving friends and family members who have contributed to honor Joe’s life and help find a cure.


When Joe was diagnosed, Gloria’s main focus became Leiomyosarcoma research. She first met the Leiomyosarcoma community through the ACOR and Yahoo listserves where she made many friends. She later met many patients and caregivers in person at the NLMSF Hugfest. Gloria was a volunteer with LMSdr from its inception and served on the Board of Directors after Joe died.

Her second main project, in recent years, was a book, in honor of Joe, titled Secrets of a Man’s Garden which is available thru the publisher, Xlibris and on-line bookstores. As she wished, all proceeds will go directly to LMSdr.

Gloria battled Breast Cancer which recurred and metastasized. She died at home on June 19, 2008 surrounded by her family.

Her life, good deeds, generosity and humility will continue to be an inspiration for her friends and family. We are grateful to the many family members and friends who contribute, in her memory, to this fund and others.