African American Women in Pharmacy Firsts


Mollie V. Moon

(Meharry, Ph.C. 1928) is the founder and first President of the National Urban League Guild that still exist today.


Anne Lane Petry

 first African American woman and pharmacist, to sell a million copy of a book. Her most popular book, The Street, also won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship.


Ferne B. Dunn

first African American female to graduate from Creighton University (NE) School of Pharmacy, and the first African American female pharmacist licensed to practice of pharmacy in Joliet, Illinois.


Dolores J. Cooper

was the first African American woman in the U.S. to earn a Ph.D. in pharmacy (pharmacology), including the M.S. degree (1953), from Purdue University.


Doris Griswold Bryson, Ve Ella Graham, Margaret Brown

were the first African American women to graduate from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.


Ramona McCarthy-Hawkins

one of the first African American female pharmacists to serve in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new drug application (NDA) division.


Ramona McCarthy-Hawkins

the first African American female pharmacist to serve as a patent examiner on pharmaceuticals at the U.S. Patent Office.


Patricia Ann Jones

first known African American female graduate (BS) at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.


Rosalyn Cain King

first African American pharmacist hired as a staff member of the American Pharmacists Association (formerly the American Pharmaceutical Association, APhA).


Yvonne Henderson, Dorothy Washington

first African American females to graduate from the Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy.


Sharon Roquemore

co-founded the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA).


Norma Jenkins Stewart

among the first African American female pharmacists involved with the implementation and execution of the National Drug Code (NDC). (See Ramona McCarthy-Hawkins).


Ruth "Cookie" Campbell Jean

the first African American female pharmacist to serve as a member of the Louisiana State Board of Pharmacy.