Pharmacists Honor Dr. Swain For Half Century Of Service

May 26, 1960

Dr. Robert L. Swain, editor-in-chief of Drug Topics and Drug Trade News, national publications, was honored for a half century of service to pharmacy at a testimonial dinner held May 12 in the Hotel Commodore, New York City.

More than 500 leaders in the drug, pharmaceutical and allied industries, as well as 40 deans of colleges of pharmacy, heard Harry J. Loyd, president of Parke-Davis, extol Dr. Swain for a career of service that began with his graduation, with honors, from the University of Maryland in 1909.

Dr. Swain, regarded by his colleagues as one of the “most profound thinkers in pharmacy,” was a retail druggist in Sykesville, MD., before accepting public health posts in this State. In 1932 he received a law degree from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Swain was president of the American Pharmaceutical Association and other organizational groups before joining Drug Topics in 1935.

The printed program for the anniversary dinner included a review of Dr. Swain’s career, concluding with these words:

“This salute is presented to Dr. Robert Lee Swain, and his wife, his helpmate of 49 years–not only in recognition of his brilliant achievements as truly one of the great leaders of American Pharmacy, but as a demonstration of the deep affection and admiration his friends have for him.”

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