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June 13, 2013

Carl Burris: First pharmacist

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From what he describes as “a little room in the basement,” he dispensed medicines for among others, Dr. Jack McKittrick, Dr. E.B. Smoot, Dr. Bob Rang, Dr. Don Sears, Dr. Horace Norton, Dr. Robert Fraser; Dr. Williams Schafer, Dr. Vance Chattin, Dr. H.B. Lindsay, Dr. H.E. Blazey, Dr. H.R. Schroeder and Dr. Jack Farris.

For many years Burris was, as he describes it, ”the only one.  On call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  And I worked four hours Saturday mornings and I always came in on Sunday mornings.” Late in his tenure at DCH, the administration hired an aide to assist him, but if someone needed something in the middle of the night, Burris was still the man they called.

Computers arrived on the scene in the 1980s and he admits, “I was not computer educated.” As the decade progressed, Burris put the administration on notice that they “would have to find a new pharmacist to work the computers.”

After 36 years on the job, Burris retired on March 1, 1987.  Despite some heart problems suffered after he left the hospital, Carl passes his time these days riding his bicycle around Daviess and neighboring counties, and visiting with his six children, 12 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

 

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