Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Award

Michael Bain, Class of 1971

Owner/Curator, Castor Pharmacy Museum
2014 Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Awardee

Following in his father’s footsteps, Michael took over the pharmacy in Castor 43 years ago, where Mike Bain Sr. had started his career in 1946. Michael worked as a pharmacist for 31 years retiring in 2008. Soon after retiring, Michael’s hobby of collecting all things pharmaceutical from the past grew into more.

He and his partner Wendy Anhorn transformed the original McDermid Drugs pharmacy, which opened its doors in 1921, into the Castor Pharmacy Museum. The museum is one of three Alberta pharmacies that have preserved pharmacy history.

Mike’s one-of-a-kind museum allows visitors to touch and explore many of the items in his collection. The museum offers a unique contribution to pharmacy in Alberta that preserves its legacy and celebrates the history of the profession. His dedication to preserving artifacts and sharing his knowledge with pharmacists and Albertans has helped elevate the pharmacy profile. You will find a wide array of Mike’s artifacts on display at the John W. Scott Health Sciences Library until the end of October.

Mike also provided much of the content and guided the development of the Faculty’s 100 years timeline poster.  The poster offers a look at the university buildings that housed pharmacy, its leaders, the curriculum changes, research areas and significant highlights throughout the decades. The 12-foot-long poster hangs outside the dean’s office, providing a valuable perspective of our history.

The Alberta College of Pharmacists recognized Mike for his contributions with the APEX Award of Excellence in 2012.

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