Trailblazing pharmacist Dr. Charles Champion dies at 92

Charles Champion, PharmD, the first Black pharmacist to work at a Memphis, Tenn., hospital, died Jan. 21 at 92, ABC24 reported Jan. 21.

Dr. Champion spent 60 years serving the Memphis community. In 1957, he started work at John Gaston Hospital — now known as Regional One Health — where he was the first Black pharmacist in the city. In 1981, he established Champion Pharmacy and Herb Store. Self-identified as an herbal pharmacist, he fused modern pharmacy with his belief in the healing powers of herbs, according to his LinkedIn.

Dr. Champion received the key to the city in 2019 and the Arthur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022.

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