Personality: Dr. Leonard L. Edloe

Spotlight on American Pharmacists Association Foundation president

3/25/2016, 12:13 a.m.
Dr. Leonard L. Edloe provided a vital service to residents of Richmond’s East End, South Side and Downtown communities as ...

Dr. Leonard L. Edloe provided a vital service to residents of Richmond’s East End, South Side and Downtown communities as a pharmacist before closing his businesses, Edloe’s Professional Pharmacies, in 2012 after more than four decades. He also ministers to others as senior pastor at New Hope Fellowship in Middlesex County and hosts a weekly radio talk show on WCLM 1450 in Richmond. He also is an adjunct professor of Christian ethics at the John B. Leland Theological Center’s School of Ministry.

The Mechanicsville resident also served on an array of civic committees focusing on the revitalization of the East End and Downtown and was the first African-American president of the Retail Merchants Association of Greater Richmond.

Now, he has added to his diverse array of community-serving commitments with his election as president of the American Pharmacists Association Foundation. Dr. Edloe was elected to the position in March in Baltimore by the foundation’s board of directors.

“Our core purpose,” Dr. Edloe says of the foundation, “is to improve health by inspiring philanthropy, research and innovation that advances pharmacists’ patient care services.”

The Washington-based nonprofit foundation is affiliated with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the oldest and largest national professional society of pharmacists in the United States.

Dr. Edloe has been involved with the APhA Foundation for nearly five decades. In 1968, he was the first African-American student pharmacist elected a national officer of the professional organization. In 1982, he was the second youngest pharmacist ever elected to serve on the foundation’s board of trustees. He has served in his current stint on the foundation’s board since 2012.

He says that he’s active in the foundation “because I know the importance of the development of policy for all professions. Non-involvement places your professional life in the hands of others, and sometimes those people do not value your profession at all.”

Here’s a look at this week’s Personality, Dr. Leonard L. Edloe:

Date and place of birth: July 10 in Richmond.

Alma maters with degrees: Howard University, bachelor’s degree; Virginia Union University’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, master of divinity degree; and University of Florida, doctor of pharmacy degree.

Family: Wife, Serita Hamilton-Edloe, and daughter, Leonard Lenisse Edloe.

When the American Association of Pharamacists (APhA) Foundation was founded: In 1953. The American Pharmacists Association Foundation is the nonprofit supportive foundation of the American Pharmacists Association and does not have members. However, we are supported by the gifts of individuals, foundations and corporations.

Why is this organization important: It is the place where people can invest their dollars in scholarships for pharmacy students. The same holds true for those who would like to fund incentive grants that allow pharmacists to engage in new and innovative practices. The foundation also has a strong research arm that documents the value of pharmacists in today’s health care system.

Some projects of the APhAF include: The Pinnacle Awards, The Impact Care Transformation Institute, Beating Diabetes, Project Impact Immunizations and the Patient Self-Management Credential.

How many African-American pharmacists are located in the Greater Richmond area: I don’t know the exact number of African-American pharmacists in Richmond. When I finished Howard University in 1970, there were only six of us. For many years, every African-American pharmacy student at Virginia Commonwealth University spent time at Edloe’s Pharmacy. A conservative guess would be around 40.