It is with sorrow we announce the passing of Betty Riddell on December 19, 2016 in Saskatoon at the age of 89. In 1949, Betty graduated from the College of Pharmacy, University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. In 1962, she received a Certificate in Business Administration from the College of Commerce. Betty's career as a pharmacist began at Moose Jaw Drug and Stationery, and then she moved to Lethbridge, Alberta in 1950 to become Director of Pharmacy at Galt Hospital and later at Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. Betty moved to Saskatoon in 1958, and joined the staff of the Department of Pharmaceutical Services, Royal University Hospital in 1959 where she eventually became the Director of Pharmaceutical Services and Director of the hospital’s pharmacy residency program where she felt especially privileged to have mentored and worked with 103 pharmacy residents.
Betty was an Honorary Life Member of the Saskatchewan Pharmaceutical Association, having served as President in 1989-90. Betty was also an active member of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists serving as Saskatchewan Branch President and later as National President. She was the Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy from 1962-81. For significant contributions to hospital pharmacy practice, Betty received many national and provincial awards, including the Ortho Award in 1980, the J.L Summers Achievement Award in 1988, and Honorary Life Membership in CSHP in 1996. She was the first recipient of the Betty C. Riddell Award, an award named in her honor by CSHP Saskatchewan Branch. She became a Fellow of CSHP in 1980 and served as Chairman of the Board of Fellows from 1986-89. She was a member of the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association Board of Directors from 1989-95, and in 1996 she received a CPhA Meritorious Service Award and an Honorary Life Membership. In 2014, Betty was named as a Centennial Alumni of Influence by the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan in recognition of the college's 100th anniversary.
Betty was a pioneer in oncology pharmacy, recognizing the need for pharmacist specialization in this dynamic field, and established the first oncology pharmacy residency program in Canada at Royal University Hospital and the Saskatoon Cancer Centre in 1988. Betty retired from her Director of Pharmaceutical Services position at Royal University Hospital in 1993, but following retirement, continued to be involved in pharmacy associations, and as a volunteer pharmacy consultant at the Saskatoon Cancer Centre working on various projects including long term follow up of survivorship in pediatric oncology patients. She also became a member of the Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology and helped them develop their Standards of Practice in 1995, and served on the CAPhO executive for several years in various positions. Betty received the CAPhO distinguished service award in 2004, executive service award in 2005, and became an honorary life member of CAPhO in 2011.