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In memory of Carl Emswiller: One of the good guys

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December 17, 2009

We lost Carl Emswiller on December 10. A 1999 Remington Honor Medal recipient and APhA Foundation Board member, Carl spent his life caring for patients in pioneering ways. He began his practice in Berryville, VA, in 1962 by joining Eugene White, the innovator of the office-based practice.

Six years later, Carl opened his own pharmacy in nearby Leesburg and created his own pioneering services, including blood pressure monitoring, physician collaboration, medication profiles, and a private consultation room. Those things may seem common today, but they would not be but for the efforts of pharmacists such as Carl and the many students he influenced as an associate clinical instructor at the Medical College of Virginia.

I visited Carl and his wife Jewell a few days before he died. He was still interested in how we were doing as an organization. In lieu of flowers, the family has established the Carl F. Emswiller Memorial Fund with the APhA Foundation. It's people like Jewell and Carl who inspire me every day. I will be grateful for having known Carl, truly one of the good guys in our profession.