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This Day in Norwood History-January 4, 1962-Pamela W. Childs First Co-Ed Admitted to Northeastern University College of Pharmacy

Miss Pamela W. Childs, 25 Florence Avenue, Norwood, has been accepted as the first co-ed student in the Northeastern University College of Pharmacy, it was announced today by Dr. Gilbert C. Garland, N.U. Dean of Admissions.

In her last year at Norwood Senior High School, Miss Childs, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Childs, was admitted to Northeastern under the University’s “Early Decision Plan.”

Only a small number of early, decision students are admitted each year. These are students who have outstanding school records and who have done well in the scholastic aptitude tests of the college board examinations taken in the spring of the junior year.

The first class is now being admitted to the N. U. College of Pharmacy. The present New England College of Pharmacy will be merged with Northeastern and become its fifth basic college in September of 1962. It will be the only College of Pharmacy in the United States to operate on the Cooperative Plan of Education.

Under Northeastern’s “coop” plan, upperclass students alternate periods of study at the University with periods of equal length on regular paying jobs in business and Industry. This helps to integrate classroom theory with practical experience.

Active in school and community organizations, Miss Childs has held part-time jobs in the dietary department of the Norwood Hospital and the Guild Square Drug, Norwood. The 17-year-old has also been active in the Rainbow Association, the Norwood Senior High School Band, the Teen-Age Republican Club, the Girl Scouts, the High School Basketball Team, and was accepted as a member of the District Band.

In welcoming Miss Childs to Northeastern Dean Garland said, “There is a bright future for the pharmacist, who today, more than ever, must work closely with the doctor and the other health service professions in providing the necessary drugs and medicines for our growing population. However, with more students like Miss Childs, I am sure we can meet the needs in this expanding profession.

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