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Iconic pharmacist fills her final scrip

Release Date:  Wednesday, June 04, 2014

by Sandy Wells, Staff writer
The Charleston Gazette

She’s a South Hills icon, a 34-year fixture in the pharmacy at the Bridge Road Rite Aid. No more. On May 15, at 71, Harriet Nottingham worked her last 12-hour day. She finally retired. Can you believe it?

Her Charleston roots run deep. Daughter of the late Harry Brawley, a well-known teacher, broadcaster and city historian, she spent her early years in Kanawha City, then moved on the hill as a teenager. She never left. Everyone up there knows her.

Professionally, she blazed a trail of sorts. When she started in 1966, pharmacy was dominated by men. No problem. A shrinking violet she is not. During 48 years behind the counter, she plowed through change in her usual intrepid way. 

She and her pharmacist husband, Gerry, helped set up the pharmacy school at the University of Charleston. They remain active in the school to this day.

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