About the LaMattina Family Graduate Lectureship
The LaMattina Family Graduate Lectureship was established in 2007 through the generosity of Dr. John L. LaMattina '75G and Mrs. Mary Boyle LaMattina '74G to create opportunities for the Department of Chemistry to expose graduate students to excellent speakers while allowing students to develop their professional skills, including team building, networking, and project management. The LaMattina Lectureship is coordinated by Graduate Students.
Dr. LaMattina was the Senior Vice President, Pfizer Inc. and President, Pfizer Global Research and Development. He joined Pfizer l:nc. in 1977 and over the years, has held positions of increasing responsibility for Pfizer Central Research, most recently Vice President of US Discovery Operations in 1993, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Discovery Operations in 1998 and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Development in 1999. Dr. LaMattina graduated cum laude from Boston College in 1971 with a B.S. in Chemistry. He attended the University of New Hampshire working with Professor Robert E. Lyle and received a Ph.D. from UNH in Organic Chemistry in 1975. He then moved on to Princeton University as a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Professor E. C. Taylor.
At Pfizer Dr. LaMattina's research involved seeking new therapeutic agents for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders and also asthma. He is the author of 23 scientific publications and holds 15 U.S. patents. Dr. LaMattina received the 1998 Boston College Alumni Award of Excellence in Science. Dr. LaMattina previously served on the Board of Directors of the Thermo Electron Corporation, and is a Trustee of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Boston College.
Mrs. Mary Boyle LaMattina earned her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in Elementary Education from Notre Dame College of New York in 1970 and her Master of Education in Reading from UNH in 1974. After a long and distinguished career in education, Mrs. LaMattina retired from the Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Connecticut where she served as the chair of the Humanities Department. She was formerly a Trustee of Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut.