Fairhaven pharmacist wins Bowl of Hygeia award

The Bellingham Business Journal

Local pharmacist Gordon “Gordy” Tweit, recently won the Bowl of Hygeia Award, an award that recognizes an exemplary pharmacist who has made outstanding contributions in the area of community service. The award is presented annually by pharmacy associations in 50 states.

A pharmacist for more than 50 years, Tweit of Bellingham began working at the Fairhaven Pharmacy in 1941 as a delivery boy. After a stint in the Navy, he went on to own Fairhaven Pharmacy from 1962 to 1991. Today, though Tweit is in his 80s, he visits the pharmacy almost daily to greet customers, sweep the sidewalks, and design window displays.

In the basement of the Fairhaven Pharmacy, Tweit established a pharmacy and history museum, which serves as a depository of Fairhaven and Bellingham history. He attends every major community event to take pictures. For more than 45 years, Tweit has taken pictures of the costumed children and adults at his store on Halloween and then posted the prints in the pharmacy’s display window. After Halloween, he gives the pictures free of charge to the individuals. The Whatcom Museum and International Maritime Museum also consider Gordy an important asset.

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