Eugene Eberle summed up his life and passion when he remarked, “If you work in a profession, in Heaven's name work for it. If you live by a profession, live for it. … Do not belittle it.”1
He embodied his belief, serving as a passionate advocate for professional involvement. After his death, friends and colleagues recalled how he devoted his efforts on behalf of pharmacy education, standards, and history, as well as his long service as editor and chronicler of the profession.2
Eberle served as a pharmacy editor for most of his life, beginning the Southern Pharmaceutical Journal
in 1908 until his retirement from the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical
) in 1938. The role of the chronicler was to document and preserve the record of important events and people for future generations. Without such a person, the history of a profession and an understanding of how it developed would likely be lost. Eberle was the chronicler of American pharmacy through his roles as editor, historian, and archivist during a period of major changes in education, regulation, and practice.