John Mac Cassady
August 16, 1938 – September 5, 2021
John Mac Cassady, 83, died on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Riverside Methodist Hospital.
He was born in Vincennes, Indiana, on August 16, 1938, to Theodore and Juanita (McDowell) Cassady. He married Nancy Lee Earls on September 5, 1959 in Springfield, Illinois.
John received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from DePauw University, where he was appointed rector, and was a pitcher on the baseball team. He obtained his masters and his doctorate. organic chemistry degrees from Case Western Reserve University. He was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin and began his academic career in 1966 at Purdue University, where he chaired the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy and was appointed Professor distinguished Glenn L. Jenkins. and professor emeritus. In 1988, he was named the sixth dean of the Ohio State College of Pharmacy, where he was named dean emeritus. He received a D.Sc. honorary. from DePauw University in 1989 and was elected to DePauw University, Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. He was honored with election to the scholarship by the American Association of Cancer Research, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences; and received the 1990 Award for Excellence in Research in Natural Products Chemistry from the American Pharmacists Association. John was president of the American Society of Pharmacognosy.
He worked at Purdue University as Professor and Head of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, Ohio State University as Dean of Pharmacy, and State University of Oregon as vice president of research.
He was a member of the Worthington United Methodist Church, the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, the John Purdue Club, and the President’s Club of Ohio State University.
John was predeceased by Nancy Lee Cassady, wife of 57, his parents and brother, Richard Cassady.
He is survived by his children, Betsy Anne (Edward) Thompson, Kimberly Nelle (Gregory) Tantari, Susanna Lee (Paul) Baggeroer, John McDowell (Elizabeth) Cassady and Patricia Nancy (Stephen) Clawson; grandchildren, Elizabeth Rachel Thompson, Jonathon Edward Thompson, Sarah Nancy James, Tara Nelle Mays, Katherine Lee Allison, Anna Claire Tantari, Caroline Elizabeth Baggeroer, Emma Grace Tantari, Matthew Paul Baggeroer, John Mac Cassady II, Abigail Rose Clawson, Natalie Marie Cassady, Samuel Joseph Clawson, Lindsey Madeline Cassady, William John Clawson; great-grandchildren, Tenley Nelle Mays, Patrick William James, Mac Allen Mays, Julia Nancy James; brothers, David Joe (Susan, deceased) Cassady; Stanley Patrick (Jodine) Cassady and Thomas Allen (Melissa) Cassady; sister, Mary Elizabeth (Dennis) Kepler; and several nieces and nephews.
Visits: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Vancil-Murphy Funeral Home, Springfield, Illinois. Funeral service: 10 a.m. Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Vancil-Murphy Funeral Home with Reverend Ben James as officiant. Interment will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to the John M. and Nancy Lee Earls Cassady Fellowship in Pharmacy at Ohio State University.
Posted by Albany Democrat-Herald on October 6, 2021.