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Herb Retzky, Pharmacist, Philanthropist and Beloved Alum, Passes Away at Age 93

Herb Retzky, 1924-2017

Herb Retzky, 1924-2017

Herbert M. Retzky, beloved husband of Carol and dedicated UIC Pharmacy alum, has passed away at the age of 93.

The field of pharmacy played an important part in the lives of both of the Retzkys. Herb was a pharmacist, while Carol was a pharmacy technician. Following a successful career as independent pharmacy owners, the Retzkys searched for opportunities to make a lasting impression on pharmacy as a whole.

The couple consistently supported the college since 2003, and in 2012 their financial gift created the Herbert M. and Carol H. Retzky Endowed Chair in Pharmacy Practice. This gift later expanded to $5 million, the largest monetary gift in the history of the College of Pharmacy, and established the Herbert M. and Carol H. Retzky Deanship. The deanship is the first at UIC.

"We wanted to provide something that extends beyond our own time here on Earth, and we found that a gift to the College of Pharmacy would seem to fulfill the ambitions we had," Herb Retzky said. "We're grateful that we have been given the chance to assist the college."

The Retzkys gift will help the college in many different ways. The income from the pharmacy deanship will support expenditures such as salary, research, graduate students, curriculum development, scholarships, outreach, materials and more.

"Herb and Carol's vision for the role of a pharmacist aligns perfectly with the mission that has guided us since 1859," said College of Pharmacy Dean Jerry Bauman. "It charges us to raise awareness of the role of the pharmacist within our communities and within healthcare. Their generous gift will allow us to do just that."

Herb was a passionate advocate for pharmacy and a joy to those who knew him.

“Herb was an amazing man,” said Assistant Dean for Advancement Chris Shoemaker, “I’m glad I got a chance to get to know him over the last few years. His dedication and vision will live on for generations to come.”

Herb is survived by his loving wife Carol.