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Pharmacist and Advocate Mohammed Saleh to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award from Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Enterprising Long Islander, a native of Bangladesh, to be honored at commencement for College of Pharmacy, part of Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, on Friday, May 16

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Brooklyn, N.Y. - New York-area pharmacy owner and Bangladesh native, Mohammed Saleh, will be recognized for his business and philanthropic achievements by his alma mater, Long Island University’s Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, at its 119th commencement ceremony on Friday, May 16.

For his generous role in supporting health care and education projects in both his adopted home and his native land, the 60-year-old resident of Merrick, L.I., will receive the Daniel Stateman Distinguished Alumni Award at Friday’s ceremony. He will share the stage with College of Pharmacy Dean Stephen Gross, the commencement speaker, who will address an expected 329 graduates prepared, like Mr. Saleh, to improve health care in the region.

Mr. Saleh began his career as a production pharmacist in Bangladesh after receiving his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Dhaka in 1968. He immigrated to the United States in 1971 and enrolled in the pharmacy administration program at the College of Pharmacy, earning his master’s degree in 1977. Since then, he established the Mohammed Saleh `77 Endowed Scholarship Fund. In addition to operating four pharmacies – M&I, Liberty Avenue and Utica Avenue pharmacies in Brooklyn and Prospect Avenue Pharmacy in the Bronx – he is active advocating for the environment, human rights and sustainable development. He is senior vice chairman of the International Farakka Committee, a non-profit dedicated to the rights of trans boundary water resources, and a Nassau County Human Rights commissioner. He has served as founding chairman of the International Council for the Advancement of Bangladesh, founding president of the Bangladeshi-American Pharmacists Association and president of the Long Island Muslim Society. For his civic contributions, he received the Asian Pacific Americans of Distinction Award from the Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs and the Community Leader of the Year Award from the Eastern Queens Democratic Club and recently was profiled in the New York Daily News as an immigrant making a difference to his town.

Mr. Saleh also devotes energy to the advancement of his profession. A member of the Board of Overseers of the College of Pharmacy, he also is a board member of the New York City Pharmacists Society and a member of New York State’s pharmacy advisory committee for Medicaid. Previously, he served as president of the Empire State Pharmaceutical Society.
Mr. Saleh and his wife, Nazma, have two children, Irene and Omar, and two grandchildren.

Posted 05/13/2008

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