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APhA building annex named after John A. Gans

Published on Monday, June 6, 2022

APhA building annex named after John A. Gans


On June 5, 2022, The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) formally dedicated its new building as the John A. Gans Annex.

Current APhA president, Theresa Tolle, BSPharm, FAPhA, led the dedication ceremony attended by the APhA Board of Trustees, guests, and family members.

The APhA building is both special and unique in that it is the only privately owned property on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The original headquarters were designed by architect John Russell Pope and the initial groundbreaking ceremony occurred in 1932. Construction was completed in 1933 and the building’s initial dedication took place in 1934 on the front lawn of the building with a prepared message from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Plans to expand the headquarters were announced in 2001 and ground was broken for the John A. Gans Annex in 2006. In 2009, the new APhA headquarters were dedicated.

John A. Gans, PharmD, was the 11th CEO of APhA and was the catalyst for expanding the home of America’s pharmacists in the early 2000s. Gans, with the support of APhA staff and board members, had the foresight to purchase additional land directly behind the original APhA headquarters and to expand the building. The expansion of APhA headquarters has allowed APhA to lease office space to the federal government and to optimize this important asset in support of the association’s mission.

Gans represents one of the most forward-thinking pharmacists of this era and has been a part of numerous teams and coalitions continuing to push the profession of pharmacy into the future. He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science where he received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1966 followed by a doctorate in pharmacy in 1969. During his tenure with APhA, he was at the forefront of the movement to expand pharmacists’ roles from being dispensers of medications to being medication experts. He also helped pave the path requiring that all pharmacists gain a PharmD to become licensed to practice. During Gans’ tenure, APhA provided the leadership in collaboration with state affiliates for pharmacists to become immunizers. During the pandemic, this served our country well as pharmacists vaccinated two out of every three Americans. These are only a snapshot of Gans’ many great contributions to the profession throughout his career.

His passion and innovative thinking in pharmacy laid the groundwork for what the practice of pharmacy is today and the reason that it continues to grow as a profession. APhA is honored to announce the dedication of the annex to Dr. Gans as a small token of his innumerable contributions to pharmacy.

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