Drake Presents 2004 Weaver Medal of Honor to Jorndt

April 2004

Dan Jorndt, a 1963 graduate of Drake University and retired president, CEO and chairman of Walgreen Co., has received the Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal of Honor - the highest award given by Drake University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The award was presented to Jorndt on Drake's campus in April. In addition to receiving the award, Jorndt delivered a lecture reflecting on his experiences as the leader of one of the nation's largest chains of drugstores.

Jorndt began his career at Walgreen Co. in 1963 and held various store, district and regional management positions. He was named company treasurer in 1982 and president in 1990. He became CEO in 1998 and chairman in 1999, both after the retirement of Charles R. Walgreen III from those respective positions. Jorndt stepped down in 2002.

He is a member of the board of directors of the Kellogg Co. His civic activities include serving on the boards for Junior Achievement of Chicago and Midtown Education Foundation in Chicago.

Jorndt received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Drake in 1999 and the Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1990. Jorndt and his wife Pat, a 1964 Drake graduate, made a personal donation of $1 million to establish the Walgreen Pharmacy Scholarship Fund for students in Drake's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The Weaver Medal of Honor was established by Drake alumnus Lawrence Weaver, dean emeritus of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, and his wife, Delores. The Weaver Medal of Honor is named after the Weavers and recognizes an outstanding individual who has:

  • advanced the college's education research or outreach mission for the benefit of human health
  • created or helped promote a program of excellence in the college; made a substantial impact on the profession of pharmacy
  • or provided outstanding financial support to the college


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