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Alumni Stories

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It’s a trite thing to say, but in our case it happens to be true: the UIC College of Pharmacy would not exist if not for the generous spirit of its friends and alums. Literally.

In the fall of 1871 The Chicago College of Pharmacy (the precursor to the UIC College of Pharmacy) was still a fledgling enterprise. Having graduated its first class just a decade ago, the faculty and staff were finally settling into their first “permanent” address. Gone were the days of borrowing lecture spaces from friends and associates. After closing down during the Civil War, the doors were once again open, class sizes were increasing and the school was being recognized for the quality of their graduates.

But on October 8th all that changed.

Over the course of three days the pharmacy school, and roughly 3 square miles of the city, were destroyed by The Great Chicago Fire. Everything was gone. The ashes of the college were scattered on the breeze and after 10 years of scrambling for class space, the college was, once again, officially homeless.

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But Corresponding College Secretary Albert Ebert was undaunted. He rallied support from alums and colleagues around the world and the response was overwhelming. Their generosity rebuilt the college, restocked the libraries and laboratories and began a culture of giving at the college that continues to this day. There is no shortage of amazing alums and donors who have helped this college grow out of the ashes of 1871. From an inaugural class of 2 people to a state-of-the-art educational facility with 2 campuses and thousands of influential graduates, our expansion has been fueled every step of the way by donors of all kinds.

On these pages we’ve compiled a small sampling of some of their stories as a way to say, “Thank you.” Click on any photo below to read about how these alums are upholding that timeless tradition of paying it forward. 

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