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Rory and Judy Albert

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“ I felt I had a very good education given to me, and I really wanted to give back.”

Rory Albert, BS 1974, hopes the scholarship he’s established will help students facing financial hardships launch pharmacy careers — just like he did.

The “Judy and Rory Albert Scholarship,” named for Rory and his wife, first went to a UIC Pharmacy student this year. The scholarship’s endowment is in the amount of $75,000, and the scholarship “is for a student that is in financial need,” Rory said. The winner should also support the recognition of Israel as a state, a cause that Rory, a board member of the Jewish National Fund, feels strongly
about, he said.

Rory wanted to help students facing financial difficulties because he knows those challenges well, he said.

“I was that student back when I went to school,” he said. “This could be a chance for someone like me to better themselves with education.”

In addition to the scholarship fund, Rory donated $75,000 for a new compounding lab at UIC. Now retired, Rory made his career in the field of compounding, co-founding the Diamondback Drugs compounding company in Scottsdale, Arizona. He said the compounding facilities at UIC deserved an upgrade.

“I thought if we could build a better lab for students, maybe they would choose that path to go down in their career,” he said.

At UIC, Rory also benefited from a mentorship with fellow alum Boris Evans, BS 1954. In a time before proper pharmacy internships, Rory learned the trade as an apprentice with Boris. “I learned from him how to buy, how to run a retail store,” Rory said. “He was a really good teacher.”

In general, Rory said he wanted his gifts to help the school he credits with setting him on a successful career path.