Pharmacy prof, burn treatment specialist dies

Dan Haugen

Darwin E. Zaske, a University College of Pharmacy professor widely known for his pioneering treatment of burn patients, died of natural causes Monday at his home in North Oaks, Minn. He was 54.

“He was a really visionary guy. Pharmacy has lost a very important voice,” said John Rotschafer, who worked with Zaske at the University’s Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology.

Zaske received his undergraduate and doctorate degrees from the University. In 1976, he co-authored a study that found higher dosages of antibiotics are often required to treat burn patients’ infections. The work resulted in new treatment protocols around the world.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. today at United Methodist Church in Deer Creek. The College of Pharmacy will hold a memorial service May 21.