Joye Ann Billow Papers

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UA 053.025

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Joye Ann Billow Papers


  • 1918-2012 (Accumulation)


5.0 Linear feet (4 boxes)

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Joye Ann Billow was born July 28, 1943 in Middletown, Pennsylvania to Mary Dorothea (Pierce) and Schuyler Elsworth Billow. In 1961 she graduated from Middletown High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy in 1967, and a PhD in medicinal chemistry from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Billow joined the SDSU College of Pharmacy faculty in 1972 and served for 30 years until her retirement in 2002. She was a professor of pharmaceutical sciences and a licensed pharmacist throughout her career.

Dr. Billow was faculty advisor to the Chi Chapter of the Kappa Epsilon Fraternity for women pharmacy students for 29 years. She won the Kappa Epsilon Outstanding Advisor Award (1991), The Unicorn Award (1991), and the Career Achievement Award (2003) during her tenure. She also guided the fraternity to become Outstanding Collegian KE Chapter for 2002-2003.

The SDSU Woman of Distinction award was presented to Billow in 2002 for her excellence in service as a pharmacy faculty member and her involvement in and contributions to numerous campus and community organizations, including coordinator of the Bush Project, chair and vice-chair of the Academic Senate , writing the 1990 self-study for university accreditation, and helping establish the Brookings Women’s Center, Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter, and Brookings Hospice.

Following retirement, Billow became an art student and produced work that was featured in local shows. She was also a board member of the Brookings Arts Council. She died on December 6, 2013 at the age of 70.

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The collection is primarily composed of photographs collected by Billow, as well as awards, writings, correspondence, and her family’s genealogical documents and photographs. Papers and photographs relating to her role planning and organizing the 2000 and 2001 South Dakota Tours for new faculty at SDSU are also included. The scrapbook contains family genealogical documents such as birth, confirmation, and marriage documents, as well as Dr. Billow’s original art including watercolors, ink drawings, and sketches.

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This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Researchers conducting extensive research are asked to make an advance appointment to access archival material. Please call or e-mail prior to visiting the collection and indicate as much detail as possible about a particular topic and intended use.

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South Dakota State University supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted as a result of their fragile condition or by contractual agreements with donors.

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  • English

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UA 53.25

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