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Manny Goldberg to be Honored as Distinguished Pharmacy Alum

Manny Goldberg to be Honored as Distinguished Pharmacy Alum

Manny Goldberg, founder of Keystone Pharmacy, will receive the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Service Citation from the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

The award will be presented May 14 during the School’s Graduate and Hooding Ceremony at the Kiewit Fitness Center, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Goldberg, who worked as many as three part-time jobs at a time while attending Creighton’s pharmacy school, earned his degree in 1955. A year later, he opened his first pharmacy, which was very small by today’s standards, at 24th and Leavenworth streets. That was followed by the first Keystone Pharmacy at 73rd and Maple streets, which doubled in size within four years. Goldberg then looked beyond the city limits for practice opportunities. He opened a pharmacy in Missouri Valley, Iowa, and, within five years, a dozen more Keystone Medicine Chest Drug stores appeared in rural communities. His pharmacy operation grew to 16 pharmacies at its height.

As his business grew, Goldberg became increasingly involved in professional activities. He helped found and served as president of the Nebraska Pharmacy Network, helping to keep the playing field level for small-pharmacy owners competing against larger corporate entities. He served on the board of directors for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and then on the advisory boards for both Creighton University School of Pharmacy and the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy.