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    Pharmacists by the dozen

    Drug Topics reader Irwin Woldman took one look at Pete Kreckel’sAll in the family: Two generations in pharmacy,” the article that launched our “Pathways through Pharmacy” series, and knew he had to drop us a line. His extended family may hold some kind of record for the sheer number of relatives who ended up in pharmacy. If you know of another family with similar stats, e-mail [email protected] and let us know.

    When I read “All in the family: Two generations in pharmacy,” I thought to myself, you haven’t seen anything till you get a load of our gang. The profession of pharmacy was almost a contractable disease with us. And every single one of us graduated from University of Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York (now SUNYAB).

    Let me give you an idea of what I’m talking about.


    My name is Irwin Woldman, licensed pharmacist in California. I started working in my father's drugstore when I was 11 years old. Since all other eligible persons were either in school, in the armed forces, or working for defense companies (this was wartime), I was "drafted" to work for Dad.

    After graduation from pharmacy school in 1955 and passing New York’s and other state board exams, I was licensed in New York, D.C., Florida, and California. I worked for my father until I entered the Army. Eventually I was stationed in Hawaii, where I worked part-time, after duty hours, in two different pharmacies on Oahu.

    After my two years of service, I managed one of my dad's stores until I relocated to California in 1960. I worked for several employers until I purchased my own 7,000-square-foot drugstore in 1969.

    Thirteen years later, I sold that store, and while still working part-time for a selection of independent pharmacies, I studied to become a real estate broker.

    Now I am semiretired, but I still pitch in occasionally for friends, and I keep my California license current.


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