Pharmacy Museum receives donation from family of alumnus

COP alumnus Bob Thomas, BS Pharmacy 1950, who died in 2013, found antique pharmacy items in the basement of a Rexall Drug Store that he purchased in Kendall City, Illinois, in the 1960s. Bob’s sons, Steve and Tom, have donated the collection of artifacts to the college’s History of Pharmacy Museum in memory of their father.

On March 9, when the artifacts were delivered, the Thomas family enjoyed tours of the Arizona Health Sciences Center campus and the History of Pharmacy Museum, and had lunch with Dean J. Lyle Bootman and others. “The Thomas collection of antique pharmacy items makes a wonderful addition to our already impressive museum,” notes Bootman.

Above: History of Pharmacy Museum assistant curator Stephen Hall accompanies Tom Thomas as they unload the items. Among the artifacts is a ledger with prescriptions dating back to the 1870s. Below: From left, Steve Thomas; Tom Thomas; Tom’s wife, Linda; and Steve’s wife, Tove, peruse the ledger. 

Below: Another noteworthy artifact is a brass cash register. The maximum amount it can ring up with one key is one dollar.



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