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Nearly 50 years in pharamacy

White retires after long career

June 8, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Spending nearly 50 years in one profession, Denny White at Estherville Drug finally will be calling it quits this week and beginning his golden years.

Estherville Drug marked the occasion with a retirement party.

White first went to junior college at Iowa Lakes Community College when he first began considering pharmacy.

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"Dennis Ross-he was a pharmacist at South Dakota State University-he steered me in that direction," said White.

While at SDSU, White served an internship with Don Hoye at Hoye Drug in Estherville. After graduating in 1970 from SDSU, he spent 15 years at Hoye Drug.

Then he got a call from White Drug in Spirit Lake and went to work there for six years.

Then in 1991, Alan Robinson and Estherville Drug needed a pharmacist so White returned to Estherville.

"Counting two years of internship, I've been in pharmacy for 50 years," said White. "I enjoy the people-the customers that come through the door and those I work with."

White said one of the changes over the years, is that when he started there weren't any pharmacy benefit management companies.

"Insurance companies are also more involved than they used to be, which means more paper work and telephone calls," White said.

White is concerned about the prices of prescription drugs.

"They're expensive and hard for people to afford," he said.

After retirement, White says he and his wife Cindy will do more traveling. They'll also spend more time with grandchildren Tate and Gracie. White said he will also help his son Lance, who farms north of Estherville.



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