Iowa City – Dr. David Pease Carew, Emeritus Professor of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Iowa, died on April 26, 2021 in hospitals and clinics at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
Dave was born October 21, 1928 in Monson, MA, son of Ralph and Sara Carew. His father died of polio when Dave was only 3, leaving his family, which included six sisters and a brother, to survive the Depression with their mother. Dave attended High School in Monson, Massachusetts, where he was an outstanding student, athlete, and class president. After high school, he served two years in the United States Army during the occupation of Japan.
On September 3, 1951, Dave married his high school girlfriend, Shirley Makepeace. Dave and Shirley first lived in Boston while Dave pursued his undergraduate and master’s degree in pharmacy at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, then in Connecticut where he received his doctorate from the University of Connecticut. In 1957, Dave, Shirley, and their three young children moved to Iowa City where he joined the faculty at the University of Iowa’s College of Pharmacy as an assistant professor of pharmacognosy.
In Iowa, Dr. Carew has conducted research on tissue culture of medicinal plants. Part of his research involved learning how chemically active compounds in medicine are formed in plants and producing medicinal compounds using plant cell cultures. In addition to his research and teaching in Iowa, Dr. Carew served as Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs at the College of Pharmacy, Acting Dean and Director of Alumni Relations. In addition to a multitude of professional articles, he has published or co-published over 35 research studies. During his tenure at the University of Iowa, Dr. Carew served on many college, university, and national committees, including the Honorary President of the Iowa Pharmacists Association and the President of the American Society of Pharmacognosy.
Dr Carew has lectured around the world on plant tissue culture and has been appointed a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science, and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Scientists. Teaching and leading his undergraduate and graduate students were his real passions. As a result of his work, Dr. Carew received the University of Iowa’s Marion L. Eight Award for “dedication, interest and interaction with students” as well as the Michael J. Brody Award for “outstanding contributions to. UI and the community. ”
In retirement, Dave and Shirley continued their many travels around the world. He has always enjoyed her gourmet cuisine, being her assistant gardener and wearing one of the many sweaters she knitted for him during their 62 years of marriage. Dave’s integrity, kindness and dry wit were the hallmarks of his personality. His eyes twinkled when he knew he had said something intelligently funny.
He was always interested and concerned about other people and the way “you” were doing.
Dave was predeceased by his wife, parents and sisters: Mary Emerson, Jessie Gates, Helen Morris, Sara Jean Ouellette and Rachel Watrous. He is survived by his daughter Susan (Jud) Te Paske of Cordova, TN; sons Bruce (Peggy) Carew of North Venice, Florida and Steven (Diane) Carew of Grimes, IA; grandchildren Neal Te Paske, Loveland, CO; David Carew, Appleton, WI;
Sarah Carew (Ben Luther), Onalaska, WI; Russell (Heather) Carew, Ankeny, IA; Brian Carew, Ankeny, IA; and great-grandchildren Melody, Kamryn and Bailey Carew; Brother Ralph (Millie) Carew, Lansdale, Pennsylvania; and Sister Florence Fenton, Monson, MA.
The family expresses their deep gratitude to the hardworking, caring and imaginative staff at Oaknoll Retirement Residence for the care of their father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother.
Due to concerns related to Covid, no public service will be organized. Memorial contributions can be made to CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank Food Bank, 1121 Gilbert Court, Iowa City, Iowa 52240, https://builtbycommunity.org/foodbank/. Online condolences can be sent to his family at www.gayandciha.com.
Published by Iowa City Press-Citizen from April 29 to May 1, 2021.