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Class gift creates scholarship in honor of former chair

Campbell University’s doctor of pharmacy class of 2013 pledged over $25,000 to create an endowed scholarship in honor of Dr. Larry Swanson, who retired from the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences this past fall after serving more than 20 years as chair of pharmacy practice.

The class gift was announced during the College’s graduation ceremony on Friday, May 3 at the John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center.

“While Dr. Swanson’s professional accomplishments are quite impressive, I was more impressed by him as a person,” said Ginger Price Gamble, class president and PharmD graduate. “He is a person of high integrity, who believes in doing things in a way that is right and fair, and was always willing to sit down and have an honest and open conversation.”

The scholarship was a surprise to Swanson who was attending the ceremony as a special guest.

“I wish that I could adequately express my gratitude to the class of 2013 for this wonderful surprise and honor,” Swanson said. “It was a joy working with Ginger and her classmates over the last four years of my career and I appreciate their financial sacrifice to this gift that will benefit future Campbell pharmacy students.”

The scholarship will be awarded annually to a pharmacy student with an interest in academia or pharmacy missions, two things Swanson is passionate about.

Photo: Ginger Price Gamble, 2013 pharmacy class president, and Larry Swanson, PharmD, former chair of pharmacy practice and professor emeritus