Dr. John Wintter, who served as dean of the Samford University School of Pharmacy from 1971 until 1984, died Tuesday, July 30.  He was 88.

Visitation for Dr. Wintter will be Thursday, Aug. 1, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, 1591 Gadsden Highway, in Birmingham.  Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Born in Birmingham, he was a graduate of Bessemer High School and was a veteran of World war II.

A 1949 pharmacy graduate of Samford (then Howard College), Wintter held the master's and Ph.D. degrees in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Florida.  He returned to Samford to teach in the pharmacy school in 1952, serving until his retirement in 1989.  He was named professor emeritus by the Samford board of trustees in 1997.

After retirement, Wintter worked as a relief pharmacist at the Jefferson County Mental Health Center and the Jefferson County Department of Health.

Wintter's wife, Mildred, died earlier this year.  He is survived by a daughter, Beverly Glenn, and son, John; two grandsons, two great grandsons and three great granddaughters.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Annual Pharmacy Scholarship Fund of Samford's McWhorter School of Pharmacy.


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