Long Island University's pharmacy school celebrates 125th anniversary

NEW YORK — The pharmacy school of Long Island University is turning 125.

The university said Tuesday that the Arnold & Marie Schwarz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences would celebrate its 125th anniversary with a series of events to showcase its history. A $12.5 million capital campaign focused on construction and renovation, scholarships and expansion of research and graduate education will coincide with the anniversary celebrations.

The school was founded in 1886 as the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy, and its alumni include former Roche president Herbert Conrad and Louis Lemberger, one of the scientists who discovered Eli Lilly’s antidepressant Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride).

“This significant anniversary comes at a pivotal moment in our college’s existence, as well as in our nation’s history,” college dean David Taft said. “There are dramatic changes occurring within this country’s healthcare system. So, while we take the opportunity to celebrate our longevity and our success, we will also look to position our institution for the future.”

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