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Industry mourns Jerome Weinberger, Dave Berman

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The National Association of Chain Drug Stores recently announced the passing of two industry veterans, Jerome Weinberger and Dave Berman.

Weinberger, the former chief executive officer of Gray Drug Stores, died last month.

Along with his career at Gray, Weinberger served as the chairman of NACDS from May 1976 through April 1977 and was involved in the organization throughout his career. In 1999, Weinberger was awarded the NACDS Sheldon W. Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award. Weinberger, according to the association, was a legend within the chain drug industry.

Berman, a partner and senior vice president in May’s Drug and Drug Warehouse — which was sold in 2004 to USA Drug, which in turn was acquired by Walgreens eight years later — died in February.

A decorated World War II Army veteran, Berman became very successful in business after starting out driving a truck for his father’s junk business. Through his entire life, Berman was known to be sensitive to the plight of the less fortunate, and he enjoyed spending time with them.


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