Founders Day

A celebration of our rich history and bright future.

2016 Founders Day Celebration

On November 11, 1864, at 7:30 p.m., St. Louis College of Pharmacy was founded in the hall of the St. Louis Medical College. Eugene Massot, an apothecary originally from Kentucky, along with four other medical colleagues, went about drafting a charter, constitution, and bylaws. More than 150 years later, the STLCOP community celebrates Founders Day to reflect on all those who have contributed to the College's legacy of educating the best pharmacists in the United States.

Reflecting On Our Rich History

Since the College's founding, STLCOP has been educating future pharmacy innovators and practitioners who are impacting health care and society locally, nationally and globally. We owe our success to the leaders and innovators who have helped shape the College over the years. During Founders Day activities, we recognize those who came before and paved the way for the success of the College and its students.

Learn more about major events in College's history and the leaders who have shaped its legacy.

Friday, Nov. 11

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in community service at numerous sites around St. Louis ranging from food pantries to animal shelters to restore facilities. This volunteer initiative, organized by the Student Pharmacists Association (SPA), will serve as the kickoff event for Founders Day.

Registration will begin the last week of September for students, faculty and staff.

Lunch on the Quad
12-1:30 p.m.

After completing community service activities, students, faculty and staff will return to campus to enjoy lunch on the Quad. Alumni are encouraged to join in the celebration and RSVP to Macy Russell, institutional events manager, at

Founders Day Guest Speaker
1:30-2:15 p.m.

Our guest speaker will speak to students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and friends of the College on the importance of giving back to the local community

Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony
2:15-2:45 p.m.

The Alumni Awards Ceremony will recognize this year's distinguished alumni, Suzzane Bollmeier '99/'00, Heather (Middendorf) Sundar '97/'98, Misty Farr '10, and Brian Scholfield '11 for their contributions to the College and profession of pharmacy. The day will conclude with a reception immediately following the awards ceremony.

Sunday, Nov. 13

Founders Day 5K
8:30 a.m.

The STLCOP community will continue the Founders Day celebration with one of the College’s newest traditions, Founders Day 5K, on Sunday, Nov. 13. The race, which is open to the public, will begin on the Quad and take participants through the surrounding biomedical complex and Forest Park. Runners will then return to the College to cross the finish line.

Learn more and register for the race.