VCU School of Pharmacy community mourns loss of beloved alumnus Alvin J. Schalow
Esteemed alumnus Alvin J. Schalow, a prominent figure in the field of pharmacy, who left an indelible mark on the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy and the Richmond community, passed away Aug. 20.
Schalow graduated from the Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy in 1961 and spent many years working for Standard Drug. Throughout his career, he exemplified the values and principles instilled in him during his time at the School of Pharmacy. His dedication to excellence, patient care and a commitment to making a positive impact on society were hallmarks of his professional journey.
“Today, we remember Al not only for his exceptional career but also for his generosity, humility and unwavering support for his alma mater,” VCU School of Pharmacy Dean Kelechi “K.C.” Ogbonna, Pharm.D., said. “Through the Alvin J. Schalow Scholarship, Al and his lifelong partner, Janice, made an enriching education possible for many students pursuing a career in the field of pharmacy, and who have a special interest in the history of pharmacy. Everyone who knew Al knows he was committed to preserving and telling the history of pharmacy, and our Heritage Trail is the result of his tireless efforts.”
Schalow’s contributions to the field of pharmacy were nothing short of extraordinary. He served as a lecturer, adviser and preceptor for VCU pharmacy students. He spearheaded the creation of the School of Pharmacy Scholarship Golf Tournament and served on various local, state and national pharmacy association boards. He was not only a trailblazer but also a mentor and role model for aspiring professionals, always encouraging them to pursue their passions with the same determination that fueled his success.
“The School of Pharmacy, along with Al’s family and friends, mourns the loss of a beloved member of our community,” Ogbonna said. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to Janice as well as his children, grandchildren, his new great grandchild and his loved ones during this difficult time.”