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LIU Brooklyn to Honor President of C.O. Bigelow, Oldest Apothecary in America, at May Commencement

“Apothecary guru” Ian Ginsberg is named Distinguished Alumnus


Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

Ian Ginsberg Class of 1985Brooklyn, N.Y. – The owner and president of the nation’s oldest apothecary will be honored with a Distinguished Alumnus Award by LIU Brooklyn during the campus’s May 16 commencement ceremony at Barclays Center.

Ian Ginsberg, a 1985 graduate of LIU Pharmacy and a third-generation pharmacist, heads up Manhattan-based C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, which for 175 years has provided healing remedies, unusual beauty products and hard–to-find items to its customers, who have included Mark Twain and Thomas Edison. C.O. Bigelow operates out of an historic 1838 New York City landmark and is renowned for its fusion of old-world style and personalized service.

The company was purchased by Ginsberg’s pharmacist grandfather in 1939, and later headed by his father, Jerry, also a pharmacist, who served on LIU Pharmacy’s Council of Overseers for two decades.

Ginsberg graduated with a B.S. from LIU Pharmacy in 1985. He had musical aspirations and briefly pursued a career as a professional drummer, before joining the family business full time.

Ginsberg brought the business into the 21st Century, introducing its personal-care products to a wider audience. He scoured the globe to orchestrate a supreme collection of beauty imports, such as Marvis toothpaste from Italy and La Crème Opalis from France, and luxury products like Les Fleurs de Bach, validating the company slogan, “If you can’t find it anywhere else, try Bigelow.”

He also ventured into the company archives and came up with modern reformulations of old skin-care remedies from the 19th Century. In 2003, his company signed on with Bath & Body Works to sell C.O. Bigelow’s vintage-recipe balms, lotions and other products at hundreds of stores belonging to the retail chain.  He has been hailed by Women’s Wear Daily as “The Apothecary Guru.”

Ginsberg is chairman of the board of the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors Association. He has been a guest speaker at New York University, LIU Pharmacy, HBA Global and Cosmoprof. His many philanthropic activities include Food Bank of New York, Lollipop Theatre Network and Pink Promises, a charity he founded with his wife to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

At LIU Pharmacy, he established the Jerry Ginsberg '52 Memorial Endowed Scholarship for students who demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for pharmacy.

LIU Brooklyn is distinguished by...
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

LIU Pharmacy (Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences...
Established in 1886, the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy became affiliated with Long Island University in 1929. In 1976, the college became a fully integrated unit of the University and was renamed the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. One of the oldest and largest schools of its kind in the country, the college is located on the LIU Brooklyn campus and boasts an illustrious roster of alumni, including pharmacy professionals who are at the top echelons of their fields, and at the forefront of groundbreaking developments in the pharmaceutical industry. The college educates nearly one quarter of the pharmacists in New York State and many who find careers elsewhere.

Posted 04/23/2013

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