Thursday, September 10, 2009

Retiring Pharmacist Got Training At Ferris State University

ST. JOSEPH - Ask Bill Gillespie and Judd DeYoung what they like about being pharmacists, and they'll both give you the same answer.

"What I really like is you get to talk to people and meet people," Gillespie said."I just love people," DeYoung added. "I like being able to help them."Gillespie, 85, retired late last month from Richard Gillespie Pharmacy in St. Joseph, and DeYoung, 73, will work his last day there today.

The pair have more than 100 years of pharmacy experience between them.

Gillespie earned his pharmacy degree in 1950 at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. DeYoung earned his degree in 1961 at Ferris State University.

Both men have spent their entire careers working in Southwest Michigan.

The name Gillespie is practically synonymous with pharmacy in St. Joseph.Gillespie's father, Frank, established Gillespie's Drug Store in 1905 at 220 State St. in St. Joseph.

For the full story, written by Kevin Allen, visit the Herald-Palladium Web site:

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