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Anita and William Jeung, both graduates of the USC Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, recently donated via their estate a very generous gift to support biology of aging research in women.

Anita initially pursued her dream of becoming a doctor by attending medical school at Tulane University. However, her plans changed due to her mother’s untimely death. She eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue pharmacy school at the University of Southern California while caring for her father and younger siblings.

At USC, she met her husband, William (Bill), who was studying on the GI Bill. They both obtained their degrees in pharmacy, Bill a bachelor of science in 1952 and Anita a doctorate in 1954. Bill enlisted and served in the Army Air Corps Reserve during World War II, where he served as a mechanic for Tex Rankin, a well-known stunt pilot who taught flight training to pilots.

A dedicated pharmacist for over 30 years, Bill began his career in Hollywood, working at the famous Schwab’s Pharmacy, where actress Lana Turner was discovered. His customers included other stars such as Jimmy Durante, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and Cyd Charisse.

After getting her pharmacy license, Anita worked at Good Hope Clinic and later side by side with Bill at Glenhurst Pharmacy, an independent drug store they owned and operated for over 20 years in L.A.’s Atwater Village district.

Anita and Bill celebrated over 60 years of marriage together and both lived to be nearly 100 years old. They were interested in healthy aging and made great efforts to maintain their health.

Anita and Bill both had life-long interests in health sciences and created a charitable trust whose beneficiaries are all in the health field, focusing on heart issues, health care and aging research.

If you have an interest in supporting biology of aging research, please contact the USC Leonard Davis School development office.

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