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Harvey A. K. Whitney Jr. Leaves Imprint on St. Louis College of Pharmacy History

Published on 17 December 2019

In 1969, St. Louis College of Pharmacy began to expand its curriculum to incorporate the still-emerging field of clinical pharmacy. That same year, hospital pharmacist Harvey A. K. Whitney Jr. was hired as professor of clinical pharmacy at the College. Whitney would go on to organize a "Joint Committee for the Unification of Hospital Pharmacists in Missouri," the beginnings of the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP).

On Feb. 21, 1970, in Columbia, Missouri, 54 pharmacists gathered for the first statewide meeting of Missouri hospital pharmacists. Less than a month later, MSHP held its first annual meeting at the College and approved the proposed constitution and bylaws.

Whitney left the College in 1971 to teach at the University of Cincinnati, where he continued his dedicated work promoting high standards for pharmacy technician training. As his passion grew, Whitney would help usher clinical pharmacy toward its integral position in pharmacy curricula, playing a role in founding the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in 1979.

To learn more about the leaders and innovators who have impacted the College, visit stlcop.edu/history.

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