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May 15, 2013

Warrenton pharmacist earns MCV alumni award

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Colleen and Jerry Wood during the MCV Alumni Association annual meeting April 19-21 in Richmond.
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The award winner had the crowd laughing with stories from his pharmacy school days.
He started a 24-hour emergency service before it was fashionable. He volunteered as the pharmacist for the Virginia Baptist Home in Culpeper and the Fauquier Free Clinic for many years.
— Amy Gable Thorpe
Warrenton resident Jerry Wood received the Pharmacy Alumnus Service Award in April at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Mr. Wood earned his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia in 1962.

He retired in 2005 after 43-year career. Mr. Wood owned and operated The Fauquier Pharmacy on Warrenton’s Main Street from 1973 to 1993, when he sold to Rite Aid. He worked 12 more years as a family pharmacist for the chain. The Roanoke native started as a pharmacist at Goolricks Pharmacy in Fredericksburg. He also worked at Lewis Pharmacy in Culpeper and Rhodes Drug Store in Warrenton before buying the store at 19 Main St.

Mr. Wood received the award for “loyalty and service” during the MCV Alumni Association annual meeting.

Representing the 31st District in the Virginia House of Delegates between 1991 and 1993, Mr. Wood served on the General Laws, Labor and Commerce, and Nominations and Confirmations committees. Previous honors include the AH Robins Bowl of Hygeia for Outstanding Community Service in Pharmacy, Fauquier Distributive Education Employer of the Year, Fauquier Democratic Committee Distinguished Service Award, Virginia/D.C. Boys & Girls Club Board Member of the Year and Mary Charles Ashby Volunteer Award.

His professional and community involvement has ranged from the Virginia Board of Pharmacy and Warrenton Rotary Club to the Fauquier Mental Health Society and Friends of the Rappahannock River. He co-founded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fauquier.

“He will tell you that serving the medical needs of his patients and being there for them and their families was important to him,” said Amy Gable Thorpe of Warrenton, a friend and fellow volunteer, who wrote a letter nominating him for the MCV award. “He started a 24-hour emergency service before it was fashionable. He volunteered as the pharmacist for the Virginia Baptist Home in Culpeper and the Fauquier Free Clinic for many years.”

Fauquier Senior Center Supervisor Lynn Oliver said Mr. Wood has addressed patrons there five to six times a year for the past two decades.

“He keeps the seniors up with current events, everything from stink bugs to West Nile virus,” Ms. Oliver said. “Jerry is a great pharmacist. He knows his stuff.”
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Wanda Browning · May 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm
Congratulation to an outstanding citizen, volunteer,and pharmacist ...jobs well done!
Herdland · May 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm
I cannot imagine anyone more deserving of recognition than Jerry Wood. He is a fine man and one that Fauquier County has to be proud that he calls it home (both in business and living). congratulations Jerry - well deserved.
Bernice Pearson, Lavonia GA
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