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Founders Day Celebrates 153 Years

Published on 06 November 2017

In 1852, Eugene Massot, an apothecary originally from Kentucky, opened his own drugstore in St. Louis. He became closely involved with the American Pharmaceutical Association and helped breathe new life into the St. Louis Pharmaceutical Association, with the help of James O’Gallagher, M.D. Local apothecaries had begun to meet in the back rooms of drugstores to learn about botany, chemistry and other pharmaceutical topics from physicians and each other.

Eight years later, in 1860, a committee of apothecaries and physicians were appointed by the St. Louis Pharmaceutical Association to consider opening a college of pharmacy. After the Civil War began, the plans to open the first college of pharmacy in St. Louis were put on hold. Finally, toward the end of the war, the plans were put into motion.

On November 11, 1864, at 7:30 p.m., St. Louis College of Pharmacy was founded in the hall of the St. Louis Medical College. Massot, along with Enno Sander, Maurice Alexander, F. W. White and John Laughton, drafted a charter, constitution and bylaws one for the College and another for the Board of Trustees.

Nearly 153 years later, the College is set to celebrate Founders Day to reflect on all those who paved the way for the success of the College and its students.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Nov. 10
9 a.m.-12 p.m. STLCOP C.A.R.E.S.
12-1 p.m. Lunch on the Quad
1-2:15 p.m. Founders Day Convocation
2:30-4:30 p.m. Founders Day Celebration

Saturday, Nov. 11
1-9 p.m. Reunion 2017 (Visit stlcop.edu/reunion to learn more.)

Sunday, Nov. 12
8:30 a.m. Founders Day 5K

To learn more about Founders Day, visit stlcop.edu/foundersday.

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