Alumna Honored for Work and Community Commitment
Published on 25 February 2016
Amid 100 rare and vintage motorcycles, alumni, student, faculty and friends of St. Louis College of Pharmacy celebrated and honored Black History Month at the annual Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner night, featuring surprise performances celebrating African-American culture and history.
Misty Farr ’10 was honored as the recipient of the 2016 Black Heritage Distinguished Alumnus Award. Farr is the pharmacy manager at the Florissant Walmart. Every year, the Black Heritage Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an African-American alumnus of the College for her scholarly work and commitment to improve cultural competencies and eliminate health disparities in the community.
“In the African-American community, many times people just take medicine,” Farr says. “Working with patients to deepen their understanding of their symptoms and medications is a pleasure.”
Farr began her career at Walmart as a pharmacy intern while attending the College. In addition to her duties as pharmacy manager she is also a regional immunization champion for the company. Elements of her job include implementing immunization services at pharmacies across the Midwest, serving as an immunization trainer and resource for pharmacists at the company, and also ensuring all local and federal immunization requirements are met. She also volunteers at community health fairs. Of all her accomplishments, she says, her greatest achievement has been graduating from the College.
“I am from a small town in rural Arkansas, and I became a parent in high school,” she says. “It would have been easy for me to become another statistic, but I fought through it. As a single parent, pharmacy school was difficult, but I finished, and it has allowed me to be the person whom I dreamed I could be.”
Farr also is involved with the American Pharmacists Association, League of Black Women, Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary, and the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. She is a founding member of the Minority Women Pharmacist Association and is awaiting induction into the St. Louis Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., in April.
Farr is married to Leslie Farr II and has three children, Leslie III, Madison, and Shylyn.
Nominations for awards honoring outstanding alumnus are on a rolling basis. Fill out the nomination form here.