Carlton Turner Returns to UM to Deliver Waller Lecture

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Carlton Turner

OXFORD, Miss. – Carlton Turner, former director of the
White House Drug Abuse Policy Office, discusses “From the
Marijuana Field of Ole Miss to the White House, and All
Points in Between” Thursday (Oct. 25) at the University of


The free, public event at 11 a.m. in the Ford Center for
Performing Arts is part of the Coy W. Waller Distinguished
Lecture series in the School of Pharmacy. Turner, president
and CEO of Carrington Laboratories, served as director of
the UM Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences in

“The Coy Waller Distinguished Lecture Series affords
faculty and students an opportunity to learn from highly
accomplished, internationally recognized scientists and
thought leaders,” said Barbara G. Wells, dean of the
pharmacy school. “We are honored to have Dr. Carlton Turner
present our centennial-year Waller Lecture. He brings
unique perspectives from an illustrious career, and we are
looking very much forward to his lecture.”

Before joining Carrington in 1994, Turner was president and
CEO of Princeton Diagnostic Laboratories of America. He was
an assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to ’87
with cabinet rank and was director of the White House Drug
Abuse Policy Office.

During his time at UM, Turner also served as director of
the school’s National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded
marijuana project and was co-author, along with Waller and
others, of “Marijuana, An Annotated Bibliography.” Besides
his research on cannabis, he developed a comprehensive
research program on cocaine, coca leaves and cocaine base.

Turner received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and his
master’s and doctorate in organic chemistry from the
University of Southern Mississippi. He has published more
than 125 scientific papers, patents and book chapters on
topics ranging from analytical technology of natural
products to psychiatry.

The Coy W. Waller Distinguished Lecture series was
established in 2004 to recognize Waller’s contributions to
his discipline and to the pharmacy school. Each year the
lecture is hosted by a department within the school, and
lecturers are selected for their contributions to the host
department’s discipline. The 2007 lecture is hosted by the
Department of Medicinal Chemistry.

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