Fam­ily Phar­ma­cists

Chattanooga Times Free Press - Parade - - Parade Picks - Geral­dine Roberts and Alexis Roberts McMil­lan

Alexis Roberts McMil­lan be­came a phar­ma­cist be­cause her fam­ily busi­ness—Econ­omy Drug—was so much fun.

“It had a soda foun­tain, comic books, a juke­box, peo­ple com­ing in be­ing friendly with my par­ents,” says Alexis, 61. Ev­ery day af­ter school, she’d stop by the Tal­la­has­see, Fla., busi­ness for ice cream.

Her mother, now in her 80s, was one of the first two grad­u­ates of Florida A&M Uni­ver­sity’s phar­macy pro­gram—which Alexis later at­tended. What daugh­ter has learned from mom: “We talk shop most of the time we’re to­gether,” says Alexis, who be­came Econ­omy Drug’s man­ager af­ter her fa­ther, Howard, died in 1990. “Her busi­ness ac­u­men is still on point and she con­stantly gives me ad­vice.” What mom has learned from daugh­ter:

“To lis­ten. I try not to al­ways be the boss.” Best gift ever: “That my chil­dren have been able to suc­ceed in their pro­fes­sions and give to so­ci­ety,” says Geral­dine.

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