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Brian Fohey

From the class of 1979, which was the first graduating class to spend all four years on the North Campus, our first honoree is Brian Fohey. The son of North’s longtime Principal’s secretary, Judy Fohey, Brian, is an award-winning process development chemist at Abbott Laboratories who is responsible for the development and maintenance of the commercial processes of active pharmaceutical ingredients.  Brian is being honored in the field of Science and Technology.

While at North, Brian participated in swimming and the water polo team, earning three varsity letters. He was also a member of the freshmen football team and the National Honor Society and graduated in the top 20 of his class. He graduated from Carroll College in 1983 with degrees in biology and chemistry.

Brian first worked as a chemist with Patrick Cudahy, and then at Aldrich Chemical, and since 1988 has been at Abbott Laboratories, where he is currently a Technical Section Manager of Global Pharmaceutical Operations. His two most notable technical projects are Biaxin, an oral antibiotic used for treating respiratory tract infections and skin infections, and Kaletra/Aluvia, one of the most utilized drugs for the treatment of HIV/Aids, with more than one million patients worldwide using it daily.

Brian has received nine President’s Awards, three Scientist of the Year honors (1996, 2002, 2003), and in 2002, he and his co-workers were recognized by the American Chemical Society with an Industrial Innovation Award for their work on the primary active ingredient in the HIV/Aids drug.

It’s hard to track Brian down because he travels for work between Puerto Rico and Italy frequently, He works for a company that employs 83,000 people worldwide in 100 different countries, but Brian Fohey clearly stands out over them all.