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Long Island University’s College of Pharmacy Celebrates its 125th Anniversary

Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Looks Toward Future With Ambitious Capital Improvement Campaign

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Brooklyn, N.Y. - Long Island University’s Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences — one of the nation’s most influential urban leaders in pharmacy education — celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2011 with a series of events that will showcase the College’s rich history and lay the foundation for future growth and success.

Since its founding in 1886 as the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy, the institution has continually made an enormous impact on the pharmacy profession, graduating over 20,000 students, many of whom are at the top echelons of their fields and at the forefront of groundbreaking developments in the pharmaceutical industry.

Among the College of Pharmacy graduates are Herbert J. Conrad, former president of Roche Pharmaceuticals; Dr. Louis Lemberger, one of the scientists who discovered Prozac; Dr. Muhammed Majeed, founder of Sabinsa Corporation, a global manufacturer and marketer of alternative and complementary therapies; and Dr. Howard Murad, one of the nation’s top authorities on skin care.
“This significant anniversary comes at a pivotal moment in our College’s existence, as well as in our nation’s history,” said Dean David R. Taft of the College of Pharmacy. “There are dramatic changes occurring within this country’s health care system. So, while we take the opportunity to celebrate our longevity and our success, we will also look to position our institution for the future.

“We must prepare tomorrow’s pharmacists to practice within a new health care system and a global economy. Equally important, we need to focus on graduate education to ensure that the next generation of scientists is ready for the challenges ahead of us,” he added.

Coinciding with the College’s 125th Anniversary celebration is the kick-off of a $12.5 million dollar capital campaign that will focus on three specific areas of growth: the expansion of research and graduate education; renovation and new construction; and an increased number of scholarships for students. Dean Taft noted: “Our capital campaign goals celebrate our founding and will shape our future.”

The Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is the oldest unit of Long Island University and is part of the University’s Brooklyn Campus, which is located in downtown Brooklyn at the corner of DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues.

Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences...
Established in 1886, the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy became affiliated with Long Island University in 1929. In 1976, the College became a fully integrated unit of the University and was renamed the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. One of the oldest and largest schools of its kind in the country, the College is located on the Brooklyn Campus and boasts an illustrious roster of alumni, including pharmacy professionals who are at the top echelons of their fields, and at the forefront of groundbreaking developments in the pharmaceutical industry. The College educates nearly one quarter of the pharmacists in New York State and many who find careers elsewhere.

Posted 02/01/2011

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