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William D. Thompson III Wins Pitt’s Distinguished Alumni Award

Over fifty years ago, the family-owned business known as Thompson Pharmacy began in Altoona.  Today, Thompson Pharmacy employs 150 employees and owns five retail pharmacies in Blair and Centre Counties.  Thompson Pharmacy also operates a Long Term Care Pharmacy that services approximately 3000 beds in Long-Term Care facilities in 9 counties.

The family business was started by Bill Thompson III’s father, Bill Thompson, Jr (a former PittPharmacy Distinguished Alumnus). When Bill III graduated from University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 1988, he returned to the family business and soon assumed the position of Vice President of the company.

In 2005, Bill became President of Thompson Pharmacy, and Bill Jr. transferred to the position of Chairman of the Board where he remains active in the daily working of the company to this day.  The same year, Thompson Pharmacy was inducted into the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame as an outstanding business in Blair County.

Thompson Pharmacy was voted Favorite Hometown Pharmacy by the people of the area in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016.  In 2015, Bill received the Small Business Person of the Year award from St. Francis University Small Business Development Center.

Bill is active in the community and serves on the Regional Value Drug Board, ALSM Board of Directors, and is a spirited philanthropist.

Bill and his lovely wife Dana (Mignogna) have been married since 1988 and have two sons, Bill IV (a current P4 student at PittPharmacy) and AJ.

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