Career pharmacist Edward Spearbeck passes at 78

ARLINGTON, Va. — Pharmacist Edward Spearbeck, 78, passed on Aug. 14, according to a report in the Washington Post published Thursday.

Spearbeck, a 40-year veteran of Drug Fair, started working as a pharmacist in 1948. He retired in 1987 as director of professional services. He also served as a U.S. Army Hospital Pharmacist for two years during the Korean War, and was the director of professional services at Retired Persons Services of AARP from 1988 until 2003. Spearbeck was a member of The Virginia Pharmaceutical Association and served on the association's executive board for two decades. Spearbeck also held all elected offices of the Potomac Pharmacists Association, and was an active member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, AMCP, ASCP and the National Association of Retail Druggists.

According to the report, Spearbeck also was affiliated with the Virginia Regional Medical Planning Board, the Virginia Professional Standards Review Organization, The NAPB task force on Innovative Pharmacy, The DEA Pharmacy Committee, The NDC/UPC AdHoc Development and Implementation Committee and NACDS Pharmacy Affairs Committee as past chairman and member.

He was preceded in death by Loraine Cox Spearbeck, his wife of more than 54 years, who died Jan. 19. He is survived his two sons, Ken Spearbeck of Arlington, Va., and Ned Spearbeck, wife Jane and granddaughter Janice Spearbeck of La Plata, Md.

Visitation will be held at Murphy Funeral Home in Arlington, Va. on Aug. 21 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be offered at St. Ann Catholic Church, also in Arlington, on Aug. at 10 a.m.

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