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Druggist prized his work

FINDLAY - James D. Black, a retired pharmacist who worked in Bowling Green, Newark, O., Galion, O., and Toledo, died Monday in the Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center here. He was 76.

Mr. Black, of Findlay, died of congestive heart failure, his wife, Mary, said. He was in the hospital for a week, but had suffered from heart disease for about 16 years.

He graduated from Ada High School in 1942 and immediately joined the U.S. Navy, his wife said. He became a Navy pharmacist's mate and served three years with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater in World War II.

“The [hospital] corpsmen were the first ones the Japanese killed, so he tore off his little red cross and went about his business,” his wife said. “After he got home, he went to college right away.

“He finished in three years by attending classes in the summer,” she said.

Mr. Black graduated from Ohio Northern University's college of pharmacy, Ada, in 1949, and he landed a job at the former Rogers Drugs in Bowling Green, where he worked for about 15 years.

Then he was a pharmacist at the Licking County Hospital, Newark, for about three years; a pharmacist briefly for a former drugstore in Galion, and then worked at stores owned by the former Lane Drug Co. in Bowling Green and Toledo, retiring in 1989. “He never had his own store. He worked for independents, hospitals, and the chains, and he took a great pride in his profession,” Mrs. Black said. “He was really into that. It was almost his whole life, except for his family.”

Mr. Black was an avid reader, who enjoyed reading a wide variety of books, including mysteries. He was proficient at solving crossword puzzles, his wife said. “He was a pharmacist for 40 years. That was his main interest,” Mrs. Black said.

Because Mr. Black served with the Marines, he was issued uniforms for the Navy and the Marines, but his wife said she preferred her husband in his Navy uniform. “He looked fabulous in his Navy uniform, what with those bell-bottom trousers, and we were married on May 16, 1945, after he got home from the Pacific,” Mrs. Black said. “He was proud of his [wartime] service, but he never attended [military] reunions. We had a growing family, so he was always busy working.”

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Mary H.; sons, Michael, Phillip, and James; daughters, Kathy Cooper and Beth Howell; eight grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada. Arrangements are by the Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay.

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