Retired Professor Publishes Book on Pharmacy Legend

Mickey Smith continues prolific writing career

Charles W. Hartman served as dean of the UM School of Pharmacy from 1961-1970.

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi professor emeritus has published a book on the late Charles W. Hartman, dean of the UM School of Pharmacy from 1961 to 1970.

“‘Visionary’ is the term often used to describe Hartman,” said Mickey Smith, author of the book and Barnard Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy Administration. “However, he was more than just a man with good ideas. He was a doer. He wanted to see things through to their conclusion, even if it meant ‘bending’ a few rules. He had a kind of charisma that made people get on board with him.”

The book, “Hello. I’m Charlie Hartman,” details Hartman’s activities and accomplishments throughout his career.

“It is generally agreed that in (Hartman’s) brief time as dean, he took the school from being understaffed and underfunded to a position of national prominence,” Smith said. “He secured funding for Faser Hall, pharmacy’s first home. He also established the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, among many other achievements.”

The book contains remembrances from John Leslie, Hartman’s personal friend and former Oxford mayor. Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter and Hartman’s daughter, Jan, also contributed sections.

Smith has published some 450 research and professional papers, written or edited 22 books and helped found the Journal of Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management. “Hello. I’m Charlie Hartman” is Smith’s fourth book since he retired in 2003.

Copies are available for purchase at Square Books in Oxford. For more information, please contact The Hartman Project at 662-234-5335.