Paul Dumouchel Awarded John W. Dargavel Medal by NCPA Foundation

Philadelphia, Pa. - Oct. 25, 2010

Paul Dumouchel of Wellesley Hills, Mass., was honored as the recipient of the 2010 John W. Dargavel Medal by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation during NCPA's 112th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held here October 23-27. The McKesson Corporation sponsors the annual award that honors the individual whose contributions on behalf of independent pharmacy embody the spirit of leadership and accomplishment personified by John W. Dargavel, who was executive secretary of the National Association of Retail Druggists (NARD), now NCPA, from 1933 to 1961. In fact, the NCPA Foundation was established in 1953 to honor Dargavel.

"Paul Dumouchel's long and distinguished career has focused on advancing the cause of independent community pharmacies and is why he is a worthy recipient of the John W. Dargavel Medal by the NCPA Foundation," said Sharlea Leatherwood, PD, NCPA Foundation President. “As a successful owner of independent community pharmacies and in his various leadership positions, Paul has always set the standard for others to follow in securing a better future for his peers and the patients they serve."

Dumouchel graduated with a B.S. in pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1954. He then furthered his education by obtaining a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Tufts University in 1956. After serving as a pharmacist in the Army Medical Corps until 1958, Dumouchel purchased Strand Pharmacy in 1958. The company grew to include 14 stores by 1985, when he turned it over to his three children who are also pharmacists -- Lucille, Mark and David.

Dumouchel demonstrated his leadership skills throughout his career by serving as President of the Boston Association of Retail Druggists in 1965, the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association in 1973, NARD in 1979, Wellesley Kiwanis Club in 1980, and the Boston Druggist Association in 1985. He always focused on making sure independent community pharmacies were adapting to the new challenges they faced.

For example, as President of NARD, Dumouchel recognized the rapid growth in women entering the pharmacy profession (30% in 1980, now well over 60%), and created a task force to address their concerns, such as the challenges they faced in obtaining financing to purchase pharmacies.

He also emphasized the importance of personalized services as being critical to independent community pharmacies being competitive in the marketplace. In both instances Dumouchel was ahead of the curve, and it is that visionary approach that is at the forefront of the leadership he has demonstrated over the years.

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