It is graduation season at universities across the nation, and frequently, that means it is also the season for honoring alumni who have made significant contributions to their schools and the communities in which they live.
Duquesne University’s Mylan School of Pharmacy this year has selected Indiana’s Gilbert and Joan Zilner to receive its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. It is the first time in the 51-year history of the award that a husband and wife have won it, and in fact is the first time there has even been a dual recipient of the award.
“Gib” and Joan Zilner both graduated from Duquesne in 1960. They purchased Diamond Drug in 1970 after Gib worked at pharmacies in other towns and Joan worked at Gatti Pharmacy alongside her mother, Lena Raimondo, Indiana County’s first-ever female pharmacist. After establishing themselves at Diamond Drug, they have built the business into the nation’s largest provider of correctional facility pharmacy services.
The dean of the Mylan School of Pharmacy, J. Douglas Brickers, says the Zilners were selected because of their “significant contributions to advancing pharmacy practice in a very unique practice setting”. He says they are role models for young entrepreneurial graduates.