Published on February 4, 2019
Mr. Propst was a pioneer in the pharmacy industry, first opening his own store in Huntsville, Alabama, and later overseeing the installation of pharmacies in Kmarts across the United States. As his career progressed, he purchased a small operation to produce generic drugs and built the business to the extent that it became one of the largest such enterprises in the country. He will be remembered for his business acumen, but he would say that the greatest elements of his legacy are his family and the investment he made in charitable causes. Among those investments is Samford University. Mr. Propst was one of the most generous people I have ever known, and many of us learned significant life lessons from him. We miss him—and we’ll see him again.
The world is better because of Bill Propst.
About Samford University—Samford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.