Charles P. Truby: Hall of Fame Profile

Charles P. Truby '56, 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee.

Charles P. Truby ’56, 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee.

That prescription drug you may have taken this morning might be just a little safer for public consumption, thanks to the lifelong work of Charles Truby.

Over his distinguished career, Charles held key positions at many of the nation’s most prominent pharmaceutical companies. As president of Chuck Truby and Associates, he was a consultant in regulatory compliance requirements and productivity enhancement. At such firms as Steris/Isomedix and Wyeth, his titles included vice president of Quality Management and director of Quality Assurance.

He authored numerous publications and lectured on the subject of Food and Drug Administration regulatory compliance and quality management. He was a Fellow of the American Society for Quality and an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

► Chuck Truby, an Inductee in the 2015 Hall of Fame. He will be honored at Alumni Day, Friday, May 8. Learn more, make a donation, buy a ticket to the event.

A 1956 grad of Thornton, Charles held a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from Hope College in Holland, Michigan; an M.S. in Biochemistry and Microbiology from Arizona State University; and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Houston.

Grounded with a fine TTHS education, a portion of Charles’s career was dedicated to topics that were not entirely earthbound. He worked seven years as laboratory manager at the National Aeronautic and Space Administration’s Lunar Receiving Laboratory during the famous Apollo Program. His role was to analyze lunar material and study astronaut health.

Pursuing a trajectory not unlike many other TTHS Hall of Fame Inductees, Charles held many leadership positions in the community. In Montville Township, New Jersey, he was chairman of the Board of Health. He served on the boards of several public libraries, Chamber Music Wilmington (North Carolina) and the Lower Cape Fear (North Carolina) Historical Society.

Charles’s scientific expertise made him a sought-after consultant in such fields as medical device and pharmaceutical FDA regulatory compliance, quality system inspection techniques and good laboratory practices.

His professional emphasis on quality no doubt traces back to the quality education he received at TTHS.