Dr. Patricia Lieveld, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, passed away on December 17, 2013 after a courageous fight against breast cancer. She is survived by her sister Faith Myers. Dr. Lieveld was born in Staten Island, NY to Cecilia and Henry Lieveld. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Arnold and Marie Schwarz College of Pharmacy at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. She then completed an American Society of Hospital Pharmacists General Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. She received her Doctorate in Pharmacy from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
She served as professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy (UIW-FSOP) beginning in 2006 when she relocated to San Antonio following the devastation of the city of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. She taught Pharmacy Communications, Introduction to Pharmacy Care, Principles of Public Health and precepted fourth-year students. She served on Rank and Tenure, Admissions, Professional Conduct, Faculty Development (chair), and Faculty By-laws (chair) committees and the Learning, Education, Assessment, and Development (LEAD) Team Task Force—the “quality assurance” committee of FSOP. In addition, she served as Interim Department Chairperson of Pharmacy Practice and as UIW-FSOP New Faculty Mentor Liaison. Dr. Lieveld was involved in university governance representing FSOP on the Faculty Senate, the University Planning Commission and the Mission Committee.
Prior to teaching at Feik School of Pharmacy, Dr. Lieveld spent 22 years at Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy in New Orleans in both teaching and leadership roles. At Xavier University, she taught undergraduate and graduate level pharmacy and nursing pharmacology courses. She served as course coordinator for a variety of courses including patient assessment, pathophysiology, and disease state management. She served as chairperson for the Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences for four years. She also served as director of the Professional Experience (senior-level experiential training), Faculty Development, and Cultural Diversity programs.
Dr. Lieveld had significant impact with the Women’s Global Connection (WGC), having conducted research and workshops in Bukoba, Tanzania, Africa. She initiated WGC’s water project in Tanzania and was a huge supporter of the Bukoba Women’s Empowerment Association (BUWEA). As a Katrina survivor, she was personally familiar with the importance of access to clean water. Beginning in 2008, she traveled three times to Bukoba, Tanzania, initially surveying rural women concerning their access to safe water. In 2011, she began a collaboration with the Women’s Earth Alliance, a California-based non-profit organization which trains rural women abroad in the building of rainwater harvesters and safe water methods. Through this collaboration at least 12 rainwater harvesters have been built in four villages in the city of Bukoba, servicing approximately 500 villagers. The women of Bukoba, who build, operate and maintain their own rain harvesters under the program she helped create, have affectionately given her the honored title of “Mama Maji” – meaning “Mother of Water.” In 2009, she received the Incarnate Word Research and Service Award for her research focused on the global water crisis. In addition, she was posthumously awarded the William Mulcahy Award for Ecological Stewardship on April 22, 2014, at the Earth Day celebration at UIW.
Dr. Lieveld empowered others through education, leadership and service. She often cited her work in connecting the women of BUWEA to sustainable water infrastructure and sanitation resources as the lasting legacy she would confidently leave from her long life of service. She touched many lives in 30 years in academia and said she felt truly blessed to have spent her final years at the University of the Incarnate Word.
Dr. Lieveld had a wonderful sense of humor with a laugh that could fill a room. She loved to travel and visited more than 25 countries. She loved good food! One of the things that she loved most about living in New Orleans was the cuisine. She was a private person yet she touched so many lives as a great friend and mentor. We were honored to know her, learn with and from her, laugh with her, and love her. She will truly be missed.