Former Professor Continues Her Legacy
Making a difference for students was a daily occurrence for Dr. Joye Ann
Billow. She grew up in Middletown, PA, but called Brookings her home since
1972 when she joined the SDSU College of Pharmacy and Allied Health
Professions as the only female professor on staff.
Dr. Billow impacted students throughout her 30 years as a professor. She trained scores of students to take their place in the professional field. These pharmacists work across South Dakota, the nation, and the world. In addition, she was a valued mentor to many young women as a teacher and faculty adviser to Kappa Epsilon Fraternity for womenChi Chapter. After her retirement in 2002, she was an active volunteer in the Brookings community, serving many organizations and encouraging other women to serve as well.
Dr. Billow established an estate plan to continue her legacy of commitment to students and the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. She directed bequest intentions that established two new endowments supporting students in the Doctor of Pharmacy program and a faculty development award that supports professional travel and enhances classroom instruction.
Dr. Billow passed away on December 6, 2013, after a brief battle with cancer. Her many friends and family miss her warm smile, can-do attitude, and generosity; however, her legacy of caring for students and faculty will continue through the programs she created at South Dakota State.
"Dr. Billow's estate gift will have a profound impact on the student experience in the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. As a dedicated teacher, Joye understood that student success requires skilled faculty members and student opportunity. Her gift is enabling in regard to each," said Provost Dennis Hedge.