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Paul G. Gaver Sr., area pharmacist, dies at 88


Services for Paul Glenn Gaver Sr., a retired pharmacist who spent most of his life filling prescriptions, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Second English Lutheran Church, 5010 Briarclift Road.

Mr. Gaver, a longtime resident of Catonsville, died of cancer yesterday morning at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 88.

AThe Myersville native -- one of 15 children of a Frederick County farmer -- knew as a youngster that he wanted to be a pharmacist.

As a 12-year-old living with an aunt in Hagerstown, he got a job as a newspaper delivery boy while attending school.

Delivering papers to local stores, he got the chance to see what pharmacists did, and he decided that he wanted to be one.

After graduating first in his class from Middletown High School in 1922, Mr. Gaver came to Baltimore to enter the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

He graduated in two years, instead of the usual three, and wento work for his two pharmacist brothers who had separate shops in Baltimore.

He worked as a relief pharmacist at Morgan and Millard in Roland Park for three years before going to work in 1930 for pharmacist R. G. Loy, who had a store at 2 West University Parkway.

When Mr. Loy died in 1940, Mr. Gaver took over the store, which by then had moved to 100 West University Parkway.

Even though he retired in 1967, Mr. Gaver continued to fill prescriptions well into his 80s.

After retiring, Mr. Gaver turned over University ParkwaPharmacy to his son, Paul Glenn Gaver Jr., and his colleague, Richard E. Myers, who operate the Homeland store today.

Gaver was a member of the Maryland Pharmaceutical Association and the Wedgwood Club, a local association of pharmacists.

In addition to his son, Paul Jr. of White Hall, he is survived by hiwife of 65 years, the former Leona M. Cookerly; a daughter, Doris Anne Hauser of Catonsville; two brothers, Dr. Leo Gaver of Myersville and Herman Gaver of Lively, Va.; two sisters, Mary Pyles of Myersville and Margaret Stauffer of Locust Grove, Va.; ,, and six grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to the Stella Maris Care Program, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson 21204.

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