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Alumni Spotlight: Meet Mary Meredith!

LKS spotlights student and alumni members that are making a difference in their chapters, in their communities, and in the field of pharmacy.
Chapter: Tau Chapter
About Mary: 
I pledged LKS at Tau Chapter at Duquesne University in the spring of 1975. There were 21 sisters in the chapter, and Mary Sibert Pride and I were the only 2 pledges. When we graduated in May 1979, the chapter was nearly 60 members strong and had developed several committees including Professional Activities which involved a community outreach program called “What Is a Pharmacist” and a Breast Education program. Our graduating class was the first at Duquesne to include two six-week experiential rotations in addition to our didactic courses.
After graduation, I was Tau’s Fraternity Advisor, chaired the 1982 Convention in Pittsburgh and was elected as Eastern Region Supervisor. My husband’s work resulted in a move to Atlanta, Georgia (quite a different world for a girl from Ohio). But I was able to keep involved with LKS by serving on committees such as Awards, Grants & Scholarships and Women’s Health Initiative. I also attended many conventions. I currently serve as a member of the Educational Trust Committee. In addition to serving as a delegate to the APhA House of Delegates, I have remained active as a Georgia Pharmacy Association member, holding committee and board positions.
My career as a pharmacist has included retail positions at Thrift Drug and Publix as manager, assistant, floater and PRN (depending on the needs of my family) to pharmaceutical sales with Eli Lilly, Marion Marion Dow, Smith Kline Beecham and Perdue Frederick. For a short time, I was the Director of the Georgia Pharmacy Foundation, working towards providing scholarships for Georgia pharmacy students and services to Georgia Pharmacists in Recovery, fostering new Georgia pharmacy leaders and promoting pharmacy technicians. I currently teach several times a year as part of a team at Kennesaw State University that facilitates a certificate program to aid students in passing the PTCB exam.
Most memorable LKS experience? 
Attending my very first LKS biennial convention the summer of 1976 on the campus of the University of Toledo! Title IX was not only threatening our single sex status but the existence and participation of many of our chapters on their campuses. Working together with our Grand Council at the time (many of whose names represent fraternity awards and scholarships today) as well as our delegate and the convention body, I was able to realize the significance of one and the power of the coordination and cooperation of many to find agreeable solutions of change to support our passion and values as a fraternity.
Advice to other members? 
I pledged LKS in 1975 because I knew that, as the first in my family to attend college, I would need a “village”–a “network”–of women (AND men) if I were to succeed in the male-dominated profession that pharmacy was in 1975. I knew nothing about pharmacy except that I liked science, I wanted to help others and I could make a good salary upon graduation. Forty two years later, that network still supports me professionally and personally because we have shared our passion for pharmacy. So get involved, stay involved, look for commonality and shared values and never burn a bridge!
Why are you a lamb for life? 
“Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow, and everywhere that Mary went, the Lamb was sure to go!”
I weren’t a pharmacist, I’d… 
This is timely since this past year retirement came earlier than expected due to a health issue. Taking my own advice, I have used my extra time to stay connected with my professional organizations and colleagues. Pharmacy is at such an exciting time with provider status looming on the horizon, advances in technology and the growing elderly population. So being a pharmacist can mean so many different things! But, if I had to choose (and given the resources), I’d travel…and be sure to run into my sister lambs everywhere I’d go!
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