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Military News

By DONNA WINCHESTER, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 26, 2002

Retired Air Force Col. Maxine E. Beatty of St. Petersburg has received the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 2002 Weaver Medal of Honor. The award recognizes an outstanding individual who has advanced the Des Moines, Iowa, college's education, research or outreach mission for the benefit of human health.

Beatty retired in 1978 as chairman of the Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center department of pharmacy. She spent 27 years in the military practicing pharmacy, educating future pharmacists, and reorganizing and updating military pharmacies.

She was the first woman to receive a direct commission as a pharmacist in the Air Force; the first woman to be selected as associate chief in the Biomedical Sciences Corps for Pharmacy; the first female pharmacist to attain the rank of colonel; the first pharmacist to be assigned to the Air Force Medical Inspection Team; and the first female graduate of the Drake College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to receive the Weaver Medal of Honor.

Prior to her appointment as chair of the pharmacy department at Wilford Hall, Beatty served as associate chief and consultant in pharmacy to the U.S. Surgeon General.

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Cadet Nicole "Nicki" Rae Robbins, daughter of Phyllis and William Robbins of Seminole, has graduated from the U.S. Military Academy. While at West Point, she concentrated her studies on human and regional geography.

Lt. Gen. William J. Lennox Jr. presented Robbins with an Army Athletic Association trophy, honoring her as the cadet who contributed the most valuable service to athletics. She also received an Eastern College Athletic Association award for her softball accomplishments and a Cadet Darlene Lee Dondero Memorial Award for most valuable player on the women's softball team. President George W. Bush presented her with her diploma.

A 1998 graduate of Seminole High, Robbins received a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

-- Send Military News to Donna Winchester, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or winchester@sptimes.com. Please include a photo if available and your return address and phone number.

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