UNC Pharmacy Photo Journey: 1983-1992

A look back at a decade of change for the world, the University, and the School

Story by Ryan McDaniel | Published November 29, 2022

Class of 1983

Photo composite of the class of 1983. Historical context: in June, 1983 Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman to go to space.

Class of 1984

Photo composite of the class of 1984. Historical context: 1984 saw the release of the first commercially-available cell phone, the DynaTAC 8000X.

Class of 1985

Photo composite of the class of 1985. Historical context: In June of 1985 Live Aid became one of the greatest concerts ever seen when Wembly Stadium was rocked by the likes of Elton John, U2, The Who, David Bowie, Sting, and the unforgettable tour-de-force performance from Freddie Mercury and Queen.

Class of 1986

The graduates of the class of 1986. Historical context: the worst nuclear disaster of all time happened in April of 1986 when the Number 4 Reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded, casting radioactive material into the air to rain down on surrounding areas. The remains of the reactor are estimated to continue to be unsafe for another 20,000 years.

Class of 1987

Photo composite of the class of 1987. Historical context: the incomparable Aretha Franklin made history in 1987 by becoming the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Class of 1988

Photo composite of the class of 1988. Historical context: Florence Griffith-Joyner set the world record for women’s 100M dash with a time of 10.49 seconds in 1988. The record still stands today.

Kappa Psi, 1989

A photo of the members of Kappa Psi from the 1989 Yackety Yack. Historical context: the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, marking the beginning of a reunified Germany and a symbolic end to the USSR.

Class of 1990

Photo composite of the class of 1990. Historical context: the Hubble Space telescope launched in 1990, and soon began sending back images of our galaxy as never seen before.

NCAA Championships Back-to-back-to-back…

The mid-80s and early-90s were an incredible time for women’s soccer at UNC. The team had an amazing streak of NCAA championships, winning every year from 1986 to 1994. From 1989-1993 Mia Hamm played for the Heels. Photos from the 1989 and 1990 Yackety Yacks.

Class of 1991

Photo composite of the class of 1991. Historical context: Tim Berners-Lee published HTML and the concept for the World Wide Web, essentially starting the internet as we know it today. Logo concept for the World Wide Web by Berners-Lee collaborator, Robert Cailliau.

Class of 1992

Photo composite of the class of 1992. Historical context: after four white police officers were acquitted of using excessive force in the arrest and beating of a black man named Rodney King, the city of Los Angeles erupted in violent protest for six days in what would come to be known as the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.

Bill Campbell as Dean

In 1992, William “Bill” Campbell began his tenure as Dean, coming to UNC from Auburn University. Under his leadership, the the profile of the UNC School of Pharmacy was elevated, taking us up the rankings to #2 in the nation. He served as Dean until 2003.

Celebrating 125 Years of Excellence

In 2022, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy celebrates 125 years of excellence as the nation’s top-ranked school of pharmacy by and for the people of North Carolina. Thank you for viewing this collection of photos from 1983-1992. Check back weekly for updates by decade and follow along on Facebook (@carolinapharmacystories), Instagram (@carolina pharmacy stories), and Twitter (@carolinarxstory).