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History of the Southern School of Pharmacy
by E. W. Aldredge


From Spatula (Southern College of Pharmacy Newsletter), April 1942

Origin
In 1903, or prior thereto, Hansell W. Crenshaw, M. D., a prominent physician, and Edgar A. Everhart, Ph.D., a well known German chemist, whose doctorate was obtained at Freiburg University, in Germany, considered that there was need for another college of pharmacy in Atlanta, Ga. These men busied themselves to bring the new college into existence. One of their first problems connected with the college was to obtain a professor of pharmacy. In Reuben C. Hood, Phar. D., they found their man. These men, having secured the necessary personnel, obtained a charter in July, 1903, and opened the college the following October.

The First Location The College authorities rented the fifth floor of a building located at the corner of Marietta and Broad Sts. Here the College opened its doors to the world on October 1, 1903. And from this opening dates its long history.

Time Required for Graduation The length of the school was two terms, which ran from October to April, as freshman year, and from April to October, as senior year. On the completion of these two terms, the graduate was awarded the Ph. G. degree.

The First Faculty The College began instruction with the following staff:

H. W. Crenshaw, M.D.
E. A. Everhart, Ph.D.
R. C. Hood, Phar.D.
E. C. Cartledge, M.D.
Archibald Smith, M.D.
Hon. Madison Bell

The Hon. John Temple Graves was the Chairman of the first board of trustees.

The Second Location After one year in the first location, the College moved, in 1904, to a location above the Gas Co. office, which was located at the corner of Broad and Alabama Sts. Awaiting the completion of a remodeling program to be carried out at the first location, the College remained one year.

Third Location In 1905, when the first home of the College had been remodeled, the College moved back into it. Here the College operated until 1907.

Fourth Location In 1907, a group of stockholders purchased a lot at the corner of Luckie and Bartow Streets, and erected a college building. Here the college operated until 1913, And here DrCrenshaw sold his interest to Dr. Hood, for the purpose of raising funds with which to erect a hospital in the Grant Park section.

Later the College building was sold to Ginn & Co., and it is now occupied by this company, together with ParkeDavis & Co. At this location, Dr. Hood having bought all of the stock of the College, gave a one-fourth interest in it to Professor W. B. Freemen. At a later date Professor Freeman's interest was purchased by Mrs. R. C. Hood for $1,200.00.

Fifth Location In 1913, the College moved to the Moore building, on Walton St. Here the College remained until 1921.

Sixth Location Some time during 1921 the College moved to the corner of West Peachtree and Fast Pine Sts., into a building built specifically for the Southern College of Pharmacy. In this location the College remained until 1932. During the College's tenure here, the course of the two consecutive terms was abandoned, being replaced in the fall of 1922 by two terms of eight months each. In the College's March of Progress it, at some time between 1922 and 1932, raised its requirements for graduation to three school years ot nine months each, At this location, R. J. Martin, Phar. D., a faculty member, purchased the one-fourth interest held by Dr. Hood's wife and an additional one-fourth interest from Dr. Hood. Now the ownership of the College became vested in Dr. Hood and Dr. Martin.

Seventh Location The year 1932 saw the Southern College of Pharmacy in its present home at 223 Walton St., N.W.

Further Progress and Reorganization of the College In pharmacy's parade of progress, the Southern College of Pharmacy kept step by abandoning, in 1935, the three-year course, and instituting in its stead, in 1936, a standard four-year course. A further step of progress was taken when, in 1938, Dr. Hood and Dr. Martin gave their interests to a board of trustees for the purpose of having the College chartered as a non-profit institution dedicated to higher learning and to be held in perpetuity for the behoof and benefit of the profession of pharmacy. Now the new, independent and nonprofit Southern College of Pharmacy has, by virtue of its new charter, been placed in the hands of a board of trustees. This first board of trustees of the reorganized College was composed of the following men:

J. L. Hawk, Chairman, Atlanta, Ga.
Z. 0. Moore, Secretary and Treasurer, Atlanta, Ga.
L. R. Brewer, Atlanta, Ga.
T. M. McCleskey, Atlanta, Ga.
J. T. Selman, Atlanta, Ga.
M. D. Hodges, Marietta, Ga.
H. S. Peters, Manchester, Ga.
J. E. Massey, Hahira, Ga.
H. J. Avera, Fort Valley, Ga.

Progress After Reorganization After reorganization, the College has been a continuous stream of progress. Laboratory after laboratory has been added, equipment, piece after piece, has been purchased, and the library has been expanded in space and in volumes. The offices of administration have come in for their share of improvements. They have been moved into a new room, and it was found desirable to include with them a private office for faculty members. Thus, the personnel of the College is conveniently grouped together. The arrangement of the various offices provides a reception room, around which all of the offices are visible and from which all are readily accessible. An additional room has been acquired for use between classes as a lounging room for students. Further, the old curriculum, consisting principally of pharmacy, materia medica, chemistry and botany, has been enlarged to include along with these subjects, which are necessary to the proper training of pharmacists, such other subjects as are necessary to impart to pharmacy education comparableness to that of liberal arts colleges.

Patronage Since the College was founded it has been freely patronized. Students from practically all of the United States have enrolled here, and practically all of the foreign countries have had enrollees.

Success of Graduates The long list of alumni contains the names of men who have made good in practically all walks of life - chemists, analysts, teachers, lawyers, salesmen, physicians, business men, public officials, and pharmacists.


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