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Called to Pharmacy and Faith, James A. Detura to be Honored by Long Island University’s Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Melrose Pharmacy owner, president of NYC Pharmacists Society and deacon candidate to attend College of Pharmacy Commencement on May 16


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Brooklyn, N.Y. - James A. Detura, a dedicated servant to the pharmacy profession and his church, will be honored as a distinguished alumni by Long Island University’s Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at its 119th commencement ceremony on Friday, May 16.

Detura, a resident of Bergenfield, N.J., and native of the Bronx, became smitten with the profession while working at a local pharmacy at age 10. Since graduating from the College of Pharmacy in 1979, he brought his dedication as a pharmacist to the Melrose Pharmacy in the Bronx, becoming its president and owner in 1986. He has also served as a consulting pharmacist for Promesa, Inc., Narco Freedom, Maternity Center Association, and U.C.P. Michelangelo Residence. Licensed as a pharmacist in New York and New Jersey, Detura also serves as president of the New York City Pharmacists Society. The most generous donor of his class, he established the Detura Family Endowed Scholarship in 2007.

During the May 16 commencement proceedings, he will receive the Daniel Stateman Distinguished Alumni Award. He will share the stage with College of Pharmacy Dean Stephen Gross, the commencement speaker, who will address an expected 329 graduates prepared to make a transformative impact in the region’s health care industry.

Called also to the Catholic faith, Mr. Detura serves his church community in various roles, including as lector and Eucharistic minister. Currently in the Permanent Diaconate Program of the Archdiocese of Newark, he hopes to be ordained deacon in 2011. He and his wife, Patricia, have four children, Michael, Erin, Megan and Kerrin.

Committed to the advancement of his profession, Detura holds post-graduate certificates in rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes care from the National Institute of Pharmacist Care Outcomes, and he has attended more than 50 continuing education programs. He is an active member of the National Community Pharmacist Association, the Italian-American Pharmacist Society, the American Pharmacists Association, the Advisory Board Third Party Station, and the Pharmaceutical Society of the State of New York. He has been president of the New York City Pharmacists Society since 2006.

Posted 05/13/2008

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