Shortly after Christmas, Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, the dean of UCSF’s nation-leading pharmacy school, gathered her leadership team, their partners and some of her close friends and mentors at her San Francisco home.
As the catered dinner closed, Koda-Kimble stood and worked her way around the table, telling each person what they meant to her.
“She knew something cool to say about everyone,” said Jim Wells, chair of the department of pharmaceutical chemistry.
When she was done, Koda-Kimble announced that she would retire at the end of June. “And our hearts just went to our belts,” Wells said.
It was vintage Koda-Kimble, who will retire after 14 years heading and transforming the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Pharmacy. Known by students and faculty alike as “Mary Anne,” instead of “Dean Koda-Kimble,” she has translated care and understanding into a legacy that reaches beyond white lab coats counting pills behind a retail pharmacy counter.