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There are many dedicated pharmacists who over many years
have contributed their time and expertise to the success of
the Foundation and to the development of the Oklahoma
Frontier Drugstore Museum. We'd like to recognize and honor:
RALPH ENIX, R.Ph, Ph.C
1910 - 2002
Ralph Enix was one of the most distinguished
leaders in the field of pharmacy in Oklahoma.
Originally from Hennessey, Ralph graduated
from the University of Oklahoma School of
Pharmacy, Class of 1936. He was active in the
student branch of OPhA and in Kappa Psi
Fraternity as well as many other campus
After graduation, his career led him to Kingfisher
and to the Wickmiller Drug Store where under
the guidance of C.P. Wickmiller, he learned the
business end of pharmacy. In 1947 he purchased
Wickmiller Drug Store, which later in the 1960's
would be renamed Ralph Enix Drug.
Ralph was a model for civic endeavors. He took
on causes such as encouraging pharmacy and
medical students to establish themselves in rural
towns and smaller cities where they were needed
most and where they could make themselves
valued members of the local communities. He
helped establish a financial loan fund in Kingfisher
to help these young professionals in exchange
for their commitment to work in the rural areas
of the state.
He worked tirelessly in support of the Red Cross, FFA, and the Kingfisher Educational to
provide the public with free chest x-rays to curtail Tuberculosis. Later in the 1960's
and 70's, he was a leader in many initiatives to combat drug abuse. For these and
numerous other achievements, Ralph Enix was rewarded with dozens of citations,
honors and distinguished service awards.
His interest in the history of pharmacy and drug stores led Ralph to help establish the
Oklahoma Pharmacy Heritage Foundation. The Foundation was incorporated in 1980
with the goal of collecting memorabilia and ephemera associated with pharmacy and
drugstores and to open a museum to display these collections. Ralph Enix was the
OPHF's first president and his influence can be felt to this day in the Oklahoma
Frontier Drugstore Museum in Guthrie.
The museum opened its doors in 1992 and today, it stands out as one of the most
interesting and well attended attractions in Oklahoma's First Capital. Pharmacy
students and visitors from all over the world enjoy the unique atmosphere and the
extensive collections of artifacts that stand as the legacy of Ralph Theodore Enix.
Ralph Enix and Bob Dishman examine a
collection of pharmaceutical memorabilia for
the Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore Museum.
|RALPH THEODORE ENIX, Ph.C
1910 - 2002
Some of the information presented on the Memorial pages is derived
from PROFILES OF OKLAHOMA PHARMACY, Volumes One and Two.
Many thanks to the Oklahoma Pharmacy Association and to Carl Buckner
for this excellent and invaluable publication.