Cara Inc. founder Ken O'Leary passes away

WARWICK, R.I. — Kenneth O’Leary, president and founder of Cara Inc., passed away Oct. 12 at home after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

A 50-year industry veteran, O'Leary, 83, started his career as a detail rep for Schieffelin & Co. in New York. He also spent time with Schering (White Labs), Miles (Dome Labs), CR Bard (Davol) and in 1983 founded Cara Inc.

During his tenure, O'Leary and the company received many awards, including nine DIANA Awards from the Healthcare Distribution Management Association, as well as one of HDMA's highest honors, the Tim Barry Award. He also served on many industry committees and boards over the past 28 years.

O'Leary had developed a reputation as a hardworking, high energy individual, who was proud to be a part of the industry and valued the many relationships that were developed over his career.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, six children and his grandson.

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