UIW selected to house pharmacy museum

November 6, 2008

The Pharmacy Museum Foundation of Texas is donating an antique collection worth $250,000 to the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Feik School of Pharmacy.

The Pharmacy Museum Foundation of Texas is donating an antique collection worth $250,000 to the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Feik School of Pharmacy.

The museum will donate its inventory of over 4,000 antique pieces from the pharmacy industry dated from between 1850 to 1950, which will include pharmacy equipment, furnishings, books, materials, bottles, tools, and scales. The Pharmacy Museum collection will be in the lobby of the Feik School of Pharmacy, at 703 E. Hildebrand in Texas.

An event to commemorate the donation was held Oct. 29, at the school of pharmacy. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, PharmD, founding dean of the school of pharmacy, said the school is honored to have been selected to house the collection.

“ We are glad to have it grace our building and will proudly show it off to the public,” she said.

Billy Walker, chairman of the Pharmacy Museum Foundation of Texas, collected pieces from pharmacies throughout Texas during his nearly 30-year career in pharmaceutical sales. Many of these pharmacies had been in business since the early 1900s and began to disappear as superstore pharmacies came onto the scene.