Concetta Harakal, 90, professor

Concetta Harakal
Concetta Harakal
Posted: January 05, 2014

Concetta Harakal, 90, of Haverford, professor emerita of pharmacology at Temple University Medical School, died Friday, Dec. 27, of a heart attack at Devon Manor.

Dr. Harakal began her career at Temple University School of Medicine in 1951 and over the next 50 years became a professor of pharmacology, course director of both the dental and medical school pharmacology programs, and director of pharmacology graduate studies.

Even after becoming a professor emerita in 1995, she remained active on the admissions committee, and continued to lecture and attend pharmacology classes.

Dr. Harakal's research interests included cardiovascular pharmacology and topics relating to drug receptors and hypertension. She published more than 100 articles and abstracts.

Over the years, she received many honors, including 11 Golden Apple Teaching Awards, given by the medical students; the Lindback Award for distinguished teaching; the Sowell Memorial Award for excellence in basic science teaching; and the Medical Alumni Association's Honored Professor Award. In 2003, the Department of Pharmacology presented the School of Medicine with a portrait of Dr. Harakal that hangs in the school lobby.

Dr. Harakal was a member of numerous professional societies and fraternities, including Sigma Xi, Phi Delta Gamma, New York Academy of Sciences, American Medical Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Society for Pharmacology.

She was a former president of the Philadelphia Physiological Society. Nationally, Dr. Harakal was a consultant in pharmacology for the Educational Testing Service, a member of the Pharmacology Study Section Committee for the National Institutes of Health, and a consultant for the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Born in Colledimacine, Italy, she came with her mother to America at age 9. The two joined her father in Philadelphia. After graduating from West Catholic Girls High School, she earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree from Temple University, and a doctorate in pharmacology from Temple University School of Medicine.

Dr. Harakal was married to Michael P. Harakal. The couple lived in Haverford. He died in 1992.

She sang in the choir at St. Donato's Church in Philadelphia for 40 years.

Later, Dr. Harakal was a Eucharistic minister at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church in Bryn Mawr.

Surviving are a sister, Mary Nester; and a nephew.

A visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, 31 Pennswood Rd., Bryn Mawr, will be followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.

Donations may be made to the Mary DeLeo Prize Fund, Temple University School of Medicine, Medical Education and Research Building, 3500 N. Broad St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia 19140.


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