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Sept. 21, 1946 - Aug. 22, 2013

David Lalka, Ph.D., a retired professor of pharmacology, died Aug. 22, 2013, in his Pittsburgh home. He was 66.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Lalka grew up in Lackawanna, where he was a 1964 graduate of Lackawanna High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, in 1969, and a doctorate in biochemical pharmacology, in 1973, from the University at Buffalo. He was a graduate research assistant in UB’s department of biochemical pharmacology while earning his doctorate.

Dr. Lalka began his career as a research scientist with Astra Pharmaceuticals in Worcester, Mass., in 1973.

He worked a couple of years as an assistant professor of pharmacology and pathology in the School of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, at San Antonio, before going to work as a professor of pharmaceutics at UB’s School of Pharmacy from 1977 to 1989.

During his time at UB, he also was director of the clinical pharmacokinetics laboratory at Buffalo General Hospital.

Dr. Lalka was professor of pharmaceutical sciences at West Virginia University’s School of Pharmacy from 1989 until his retirement in 2007.

Dr. Lalka published many articles in scientific journals. He also served as mentor and adviser to graduate students through the years.

An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Classical music and movies also were among his interests.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Beth; two sons, James and Matthew; a sister, Lucille Powers; and a brother, Gerald.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, South Park Avenue and Ridge Road, Lackawanna.