constitutes a legend? Many of the current Harrison School of Pharmacy
student pharmacists point to a man who first came to teach at Auburn in
1926: Dr. George Hargreaves. Dr. Hargreaves was practically a
one-man show in the early days of Auburn University's pharmacy program
while it struggled to become an independent school. When he arrived in
1926, significant progress had been made; Pharmacy had become a separate
department in 1913. In 1922, it became the School of Chemistry and
Pharmacy. After fifteen years of teaching, Dr. Hargreaves finally saw
pharmacy become a free standing school in 1941.
At his retirement in 1973, it was said that he taught pharmacy for a
longer period than any other teacher in the state, with 80 percent of
Auburn graduates taking one or more courses under him. It was also said that he taught "every subject in the pharmacy curriculum with the
exception of dispensing pharmacy." Although Dr. Hargreaves died in 1975
at the age of 72, he left behind an unforgettable memory. More than a
professor, he was a friend and mentor to so many. Always with an eye
toward the future of his charges, he was the first to see
the importance of initiating senior visits to pharmaceutical firms in
1946. Remarkably, he was also golf coach for nine seasons at Auburn. After his
death, a scholarship in his memory was established by his wife, Jewel.
Through it, his memory lives on and keeps
giving to future generations of Auburn pharmacists.
RETURN OF A LEGEND!
Thirty-six years after Dr. Hargreaves' death, his legacy has not been
lost on HSOP's current student pharmacists. The Student Council officers,
and others, worked
diligently to reinstate Hargreaves Day in his honor. This event, held at
Kiesel Park on April 2, 2008, consisted of field games, including tug-of-war, wiffle
ball, kick ball, ultimate frisbee and volleyball. Just as challenging
was the pentathlon, which consisted of the
three- legged race, sack race, wheelbarrow, dizzy bat race and leapfrog.
Each class set themselves apart in the competition by wearing different colored shirts
that were screen printed with Dr. Hargreaves' likeness and the slogan,
"Return of a Legend." The P1's wore red, the P2's wore green, the P3's wore blue,
the faculty, staff and graduate students made up the last group and wore
school was dismissed from classes for the entire
day for this event. Don't miss all the action! Click the slide show
links on the left menu bar.
Ladies and gentlemen, let us introduce the champions! The P1ís came swaggering into the park
wearing flaming red shirts, like a wave that could have parted the red
sea of Moses. There was no doubt they came with game. They had two large banners that
flew in the wind brandishing their class year and their logo. They called themselves "the
Rhinos." They even had a mascot -- one of their group who was
war paint to rival Mel Gibson in "Braveheart". They made a lot of noise
at every event. Whenever they made points, two runners would circle the
field with those rippling red banners. The statement they made was probably
meant to be intimidating -- but a lot of fun too. It paid off. The P1's went
home with the 2008 trophy for winning the most points in all events.
They also took home bragging rights for the year.
This is not to say that the other teams didn't compete
well or have a great time. They did. And everybody who attended is ready
to do it all again next time. If this year's efforts are any example,
Dr. Hargreaves can rest in peace knowing he will remain an unforgettable
legend at the Harrison School
Thanks to our sponsors:
Needless to say, a lot of people deserve praise for the amount
of work an event this size took. And so, we would like to thank our sponsors who provided prizes, food, water and even ice cream:
Walgreens, CVS, Fred's, Rite Aid, Winn Dixie, Wal-Mart, the Auburn
Pharmacy Alumni Association and Don Stewart. Don has an art studio in
Homewood, Alabama. He donated some unusual, original pharmacy oriented
art prints. You can see for yourself at
Thanks to our volunteers:
Donna Saye, Charles Woosley, Tara Maple, Bridgett Marshall, Kandi
Dawson, Laurie Newton, Don Davino, Marian Williams, Brinda Lisano, Leigh
Ann Ballard, Barry McConatha, Sharon McDonough, Carolyn Campbell, Janie
Rowell, Laurie Smith, Dr. Paul Jungnickel, Dennis Duty, Brent Fox,
Selena Day, Thomas Maple, Lisa Black, and Emily Mann.
Many thanks also to Dean Evans as our master of ceremonies, and to our
Roland Nelson, Rick Stephens and Ronnie Opolka.
They are successful pharmacists who talked to the
students about what they might expect as they approach their own
professional careers, and they did so with a dose of humor to boot. Thanks to contributing photographers
as well: Mike
Hall, Bill Felkey, Sherif McGeed and Jane Drake.