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    50 pharmacists, 10 families

    We continue to marvel at every new story of pharmacist families. When we presented the latest, Rose Mary Madejski's “U.B. and beyond: Nine lives in pharmacy we knew it wasn’t the last word. Here, for a change of pace, is a collection of brief accounts of 10 families and 50 pharmacists — and that’s not counting the assorted children, nephews, nieces, and grandchildren for whom working in the family store was a rite of passage.

    Five pharmacists, two generations

    My father, Leo Hopp, was a pharmacist. We grew up over Hopp's Drugs, his corner drugstore in Newark, N.J. Four of his seven kids became pharmacists: Marjorie, Carl, Barbara, and Dorothy.
    Barbara Morris, RPh

    See also: Ten pharmacists, two generations

    Three pharmacists, three generations

    My Dad was a pharmacist and his stepfather was too. My grandmother owned a pharmacy in San Francisco in the 1920s, and they both became pharmacists. When I got out of pharmacy school in 1953 I worked with my step-grandfather at Walgreens in Oakland. 
    George Golish, PharmD

    Five pharmacists +1 possible, four generations

    My wife's father was a pharmacist, my wife and I are both pharmacists, my nephew and his wife are both pharmacists, and their daughter is now thinking of becoming a pharmacist. That's four generations of pharmacists in our family.
    Jim Constertina, RPh 

    Seven pharmacists, three generations

    My name is Jack Arkins and I am a pharmacist. My grandfather (Elmer) was a pharmacist, as was my dad (Jim). My uncle Bill was a pharmacist. My older brother, Jim is a pharmacist, and so is my younger brother, Terry. I also have a niece, Chris, who is a pharmacist. That make three generations, so far.
    Jack Arkins, RPh

    Six pharmacists, three generations

    I am a pharmacist in Puerto Rico. I am writing to you to tell you about a family here that includes three generations of pharmacists.

    They are the Mahiques family. They live in Hatillo, Puerto Rico, and have been practicing community pharmacy for more than 50 years. The father, Daniel Sr.; his two sons; his daughter-in-law; one of his granddaughters; and her husband are all recognized pharmacists.  

    They may also hold a record. Daniel Mahiques Sr. received the Bowl of Hygieia award in 1978, and his son Daniel Mahiques Jr. received this prestigious award in 2013. To add to this story, Daniel Mahiques Jr. was a member of the Puerto Rico Board of Pharmacy for eight years and its President for four years.
    Tomas Ramirez, BPharm, MS, RP

    Julianne Stein, Content Channel Manager
    Julianne Stein is managing editor for Drug Topics magazine.


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