Kay Sparks, RPh, FACA, FIACP
February 20, 1942 - December 25, 2012
It is with heavy hearts that we pass on the news that our beloved Kay Sparks, former PCCA Associate Director of Training/Director of Student Training, and wife of PCCA CEO L. David Sparks, passed away on December 25, 2012, at the age of 70.
Kay Sparks dedicated her career to the practice of compounding pharmacy, playing an especially critical role in the training and education of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and college of pharmacy students in this area. Her attention to detail and dedication to teaching was unparalleled.
Her professional career began in the late 1960s at Hillcrest Hospital/St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa, Okla., as a hospital pharmacist. Kay then worked as a pharmacist in the community practice setting at Scott Robison’s Prescriptions in Tulsa. In 1989, she and husband, L. David Sparks, joined the PCCA team – David as Pharmacy Consultant and later President/CEO of the organization and Kay as Associate Director of Training. At the time, Kay also served as Director of Student Training for P*Ceutics Institute, PCCA’s then provider of college of pharmacy student training and online courses. Through her tenacity and vision, the Primary Training compounding course (now known as C3) originally was developed to train PCCA members. She served as a member of PCCA’s Board since 1992.
Kay obtained a bachelor’s of science degree in pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) in Weatherford, Okla., in 1966. She was a Fellow of the American College of Apothecaries and of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP), and a member of the American Pharmacists Association and the Texas Pharmacy Association. She was a lifetime member of the SWOSU School of Pharmacy Alumni.
She served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Houston (UH) College of Pharmacy as well as a Pharmacist Preceptor for the State of Texas. Kay was a member of UH’s Mading Society, an organization comprised of major benefactors to the College of Pharmacy. She was a major contributor to the SWOSU General Scholarship Fund, and annually sponsored the University’s Secundum Artem Scholarship donation. Along with her husband, Kay was in 2000 named a SWOSU Distinguished Alumni.
In 1997, Kay was awarded the PCCA Eagle, which is the company’s highest honor and is presented to those individuals who have dedicated themselves to the company, their colleagues and to pharmacy compounding. In 2006, IACP named its new headquarters the Kay Sparks Building in honor of her contributions to compounding pharmacy. And in 2007, PCCA renamed its Employee of the Year award in her honor.
After a long battle with an illness, Kay passed away on Christmas Day surrounded by her family – husband David; son Bryan, PCCA Business Analyst; daughter-in-law Mollie; and grandchildren Aaron and Sarah.
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