Commending Robert Vince upon the occasion of his designation as a 2017 Inductee into the Auburn Alumni Hall of Distinction

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Robert Vince upon the occasion of his
designation as a 2017 Inductee into the Auburn Alumni Hall of

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to take note of and
publicly acknowledge individuals who have distinguished themselves
through their exemplary careers, accomplishments, and purposeful lives
of service to their community; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
Robert Vince upon the occasion of his designation as a 2017 Inductee
into the Auburn Alumni Hall of Distinction, to be celebrated at an
Induction Ceremony on Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Hilton Garden Inn,
Auburn, New York; and
WHEREAS, The Auburn Alumni Hall of Distinction was established in
2012, by the Auburn Education Foundation to recognize, honor and cele-
brate graduates who have distinguished themselves through outstanding
academic, professional, or civic achievements and to inspire current
students to pursue a path towards personal success; and
WHEREAS, A man of singular merit, Robert Vince, Auburn High Class of
1958, has continually demonstrated tremendous competence, extraordinary
intelligence and diligent leadership in his unwavering service to both
his community and his profession and consequently has been selected for
this most prestigious honor; and
WHEREAS, Born on November 20, 1940, Robert Vince is an American scien-
tist known for his contributions to the research in the area of drug
design; his invention, the HIV drug Abacavir, was commercialized by GSK
and has been instrumental in helping individuals with HIV live longer
healthier lives; and
WHEREAS, Robert Vince earned his doctoral degree in medical chemistry
from the College of Pharmacy at SUNY Buffalo in 1966; one year later he
joined the medical chemistry facility at the University of Minnesota
where he continues to serve as Director and Professor of his research
program at the Center for Drug Design which he established in 2002; and
WHEREAS, Robert Vince has been the proud recipient of numerous awards
and accolades for his profound contributions to research and drug
design; he was elected as the Fellow of AAAS by the American Association
for the Advancement of Science in 2000, and was inducted into the Medi-
cinal Chemistry Hall of Fame of the American Chemical Society in 2007;
WHEREAS, In addition, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science
degree by his alma mater, SUNY Buffalo, and the prestigious Imbach Town-
send Award by the International Society for Nucleotides and Nucleic
Acids in 2010; the same year, he was inducted into the Minnesota Inven-
tors Hall of Fame as well as the Minnesota Science and Technology Hall
of Fame; and
WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of his community service, a
period of constructive involvement, Robert Vince has stood constant in
dignity, good grace and humor; and
WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual for the benefit of others which Robert Vince has displayed through-
out his life; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when individ-
uals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Robert Vince upon the occasion of his designation as a 2017
Inductee into the Auburn Alumni Hall of Distinction; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Robert Vince.


  • 03 / Apr / 2017
  • 03 / Apr / 2017

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