Joseph B. Schwartz


Joseph B.  Schwartz 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, Joe 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”, Joe 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.

Joe 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.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Joseph B. Schwartz family please fill in the boxes to the right. 
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About Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation (LMSDR)

We collaborate with researchers and other organization to reach our mission and vision of finding treatments that will work. We have created the Leiomyosarcoma Tissue Bank for researchers to study our disease, the Leiomyosarcoma world for education and support at our Leiomyosarcoma patient conferences, in Denver, Colorado, San Francisco, California, New York City, New York, and Maui, Hawaii.  Please stay in touch with our website for more upcoming events sponsored by Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation.
This fund was created out of love for Joe and Gloria to help others win their battle with leiomyosarcoma by funding LMS specific research. Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation (LMSDR) raises donations for Leiomyosarcoma research and patient support.  We advocate directly with sarcoma researchers to study leiomyosarcoma. We offer the largest moderated support group online for leiomyosarcoma, where patients and loved ones get the latest LMS news and  personal support. The LMSDR’s website offers local support groups, details of what we do, the research we have funded and many resources for the Leiomyosarcoma community. The LMSe Alerts is our monthly newsletter, offering more updated clinical trials, news and community events. The Leiomyosarcoma Lifeline is our new blog, featuring patient stories and our well-known Long Term Thriver stories.

Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research is an all volunteer organization which Joe and Gloria supported.  We are proud to have Patient Registry to collect data, and ran successful blood collections for study. We have brought patients and loved ones together from all over the the minimal amount of expenses as possible, to ensure your money goes directly to funding promising research for Leiomyosarcoma specifically.  You can volunteer, put on fundraisers, promote LMS awareness and ask your employer for matched funds. Please consider making a donation and helping us Work, not wish, for treatments that will work for us. We have been a 501(C) (3) since 2006 and a tax-free charity.


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