Leadership and History Honored at Mortar and Pestle Society Dinner

Published on 02 May 2019

On April 12, the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Mortar and Pestle Society recognized new and existing members during its annual awards dinner at the Caramel Room at Bissingers.

Honoring leadership donors who have contributed $1,000 or more during the year, the dinner gathered alumni, friends, faculty, staff and College leadership together to thank donors for their ongoing support and connect members of the society in fellowship and support of the College.

“Mortar and Pestle Society members are our most consistent and generous donors to the College,” stated Kathy Gardner, vice president for advancement and chief development officer. “With their support, the College has been able to provide countless resources to students from scholarships and financial assistance to programming and infrastructure. This dinner is a time that we can recognize them for their invaluable dedication to the institution.”

During the awards ceremony, John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, president of the College, welcomed 10 new annual members and 25 new lifetime members into the society. President Pieper also presented the Distinguished Service Award to Art Perry, B.S. ’72, for his long history of support for the College and the St. Louis community. Established in 1990, the award honors exemplary leadership and philanthropy in support of the College.

“Art’s commitment to the pharmacy profession and broad involvement in his surrounding community made him the perfect candidate for this award,” explained Gardner. “He is the embodiment of what the Distinguished Service Award represents and instills the values we hold at the College. Everyone in the room was thrilled to see him honored in this way.”

During the event, Drs. Bob Zebroski, chair of the department of liberal arts and professor of history, and Dennis Doyle, associate professor of history, delivered a presentation on the history of the College in honor of the publication of their book, “Pharmacy Pioneers: The First 150 Years of St. Louis College of Pharmacy.”

The manuscript follows the founding of the College in 1864 through its evolution over the past 154 years into a world-class, independent college of pharmacy, and highlights the individuals who forged its path for the future. At the end of the night, each Mortar and Pestle member was sent home with a copy of the book for their personal collection.

“This society is comprised of dedicated supporters who view the education they received at the College as the foundation of their success,” explained Gardner. “Many of them received assistance while they were in school and recognize the impact of paying it forward to future generations of students. Their steadfast support and leadership is a truly invaluable asset to this institution.”

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