Born in Transsylvania, Dezso Kadar moved to Hungary in 1944 to finish his high school education. Between 1953-56 Dezso studied Pharmacy at the University of Szeged, Hungary (now Albert Szent-Gyorgy Medical University). In January 1957 Dezso and his wife arrived to Canada. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1959 with 1st class honours, his MSc in 1966 and Ph.D. in 1968 all from the U of T. In 1969-70 he worked as an Ontario Ministry of Health Post Doctoral Fellow at St. Mary’s Hospital, University of London England in the Department of Biochemistry and Toxicology.
Upon returning from England, Dezso Kadar started his very rewarding research and teaching activities at the University of Toronto as Assistant, Associate and Full professor to retire as Prof. Emeritus in 1999. He very much enjoyed working with our students and staff.
Dezso was involved in the pharmacology laboratory course (PCL 471) for several years. During his term as the course coordinator, Dr. Kadar developed several new labs and ensured that students’ educational experience was enhanced by exposing them to practical components of pharmacological applications and drug interactions at the cellular level and in animal model. PCL 471 remains to be the highlight of pharmacology specialist students.