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Health Care Pioneer Alfred E. Mann To Speak at Western University's 22nd Annual Commencement

by Rodney Tanaka

May 7, 2003

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Alfred E. Mann, biopharmaceutical executive, innovator and philanthropist,

will be the graduation speaker for Western University of Health Sciences’

22nd Annual Commencement on Friday, May 16, at the Pasadena Civic


Mann will serve as the speaker for two of three ceremonies that will

comprise the university’s Commencement.

With his message entitled, “”The Rewards of Giving Back To Society,”” Mann

will speak at 9:30 a.m. for the colleges of pharmacy and graduate nursing

in a dual ceremony, and at 2 p.m. for the College of Allied Health


Graduates of the university’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the

Pacific (COMP) will receive their diplomas at 5:30 p.m. at the auditorium.

Dr. Jon Fong, a 1984 COMP graduate and technical advisor to the critically

acclaimed NBC series, “”ER,”” will give his speech entitled, “”A Whole In the


More than 400 students in the university’s advanced practice nursing,

physical therapy, osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies and

pharmacy programs will receive their graduate degrees this year.

Receiving an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the university,

Mann is the founder and chairman of nearly 10 companies, including

Advanced Bionics


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