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12 Mr Jim (PhC 1956) and Mrs Jenny Mitchell (PhC 1957) have always believed that 'pharmacy is not just about dispensing medicine'. It is a philosophy that has seen them enjoy a close involvement with pharmacy, their community and Monash University spanning a combined total of 125 years. It was the desire to give back to the institution and the profession that launched their careers that inspired Mr and Mrs Mitchell to support the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences through a bequest. "Pharmacy is all about people, so our bequest will help support current students – the next generation of pharmacists," Mr Mitchell said. Throughout their careers, Mr and Mrs Mitchell have retained a strong interest in pharmacy education, visiting pharmacy schools in London and the faculty's sister school in Kansas. "To continue to be one of the world's leading pharmacy education institutions, we recognise that the faculty needs ongoing support. Our bequest will fund programs to prepare students beyond their role as qualified pharmacists and assume roles that will provide service and leadership to the community," they said. The Mitchells graduated from the Victorian College of Pharmacy in Swanston Street, Melbourne when ATS Sissons was Dean of School. Mr Mitchell continued his academic studies, being admitted as a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society in 1960, and joining the staff as a lecturer in pharmaceutics at the College's new location in Parkville. For both, pharmacy was their first and only choice because they loved people, loved medical science and the course itself was 'hands-on' and accessible. "If we were confronted with this same choice today, pharmacy would probably still come out number one," Mrs Mitchell said. They eventually purchased a pharmacy in Swan Hill. As in all rural communities involvement was wide and diverse – for Mrs Mitchell regional ballet, preschool and serving as a Justice of the Peace for 30 years; for Mr Mitchell membership of the Pharmacy Board, City Councillor, Treasurer to the Pioneer Settlement, President of Rotary and Freemasonry. They credit much of their professional success to the breadth of experiences offered by their community involvement. "If we can offer one piece of advice to tomorrow's pharmacy graduates it would be to escape from the confines of the dispensary and strive to understand and serve the particular and individual needs of their patients and the community." Dispensing success Report: Iliana Findikakis Photography: Greg Ford Your role in supporting the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Support education and innovation in pharmacy, visit Mr Jim and Mrs Jenny Mitchell.

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