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Freilich and Braithwaite Honored at the PDE Spring Gala
T he years were 1972 and 1973. In ‘72, the French Connection was the best picture. Carole King topped the charts with “It’s Too Late Baby”, Richard Nixon made an unprecedented 8-day visit to Communist China, Dallas unfortunately defeated Miami to win the superbowl, and a young Bill Freilich attended his first Philadelphia Drug Exchange dinner.
One year later, the world was introduced to the
for providing legal services to the company’s purchasing department. In that role he worked with Ed Konarski and others who participated in PDE activities and first introduced him to the organization.
Bill first attended the PDE Annual Dinner in 1972 and has not missed but one or two since then. He became a member of the legislative committee of the PDE and then chair of that committee, a member of the Board of Directors in the
1980s, then vice president, and finally president in 1989 and 1990. For the past decade he has been PDE’s General Counsel. Godfather, Roberta Flack hit it big with “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” a ceasefire was signed ending America’s involvement in the Vietnam war, Secretariat won the triple crown, and a youthful John Braithwaite joined the PDE Board of Directors. Bill’s civic activities have centered on Valley Forge National Historical Park where he is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Friends of Valley Forge Park and chair of their Education Committee. He can It has been more than 35 years since that time, but one thing has remained constant, the dedication to Pictured are J.J. Hart Award winners John Braithwaite and Bill Freilich with PDE President Bob Gettis (center) frequently be found there in colonial garb guiding visitors at Washington’s the PDE of these two gentlemen. Because of this continued dedication Headquarters or baking bread at Muhlenberg’s Brigade site. and their extraordinary contributions to the success of the PDE, Bill and John were honored with the prestigious J.J. Hart Distinguished Service Award presented by Bob Gettis, President at the PDE Spring Gala on March 6th at the Union League of Philadelphia. This award, first given in 1992, is presented in recognition of extraordinary contributions and service to the PDE and for significant efforts in furthering the goals of the organization and its member companies. John J. Braithwaite holds a B.S. degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Following college, John became a commissioned officer and naval aviator piloting P5-M anti-submarine aircraft throughout the Atlantic. After his 4 years of military duty, he began a 10- year tenure with Downingtown Paper Company where he developed his business skills and began to focus on the drug, personal care and healthcare industries. William B. Freilich, Esquire, is a native of Philadelphia and a life-long area resident. He is a graduate of Haverford College and Villanova Law School where he was editor-in- chief of the Villanova Law Review. Following graduation he served a year as law clerk to the Chief Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. John’s career path then took him to Paco Pharmaceutical Services, Inc, as Vice President Sales and Marketing where he was instrumental in growing the business from a $3 million one-plant operation to a $68 million seven- plant venture, including Puerto Rico. John was then named President Research & Development. His successes were well recognized and took him to Accupac as President where in 1997, he oversaw the production of 200 million units spread over 736 different SKUs. After practicing law in Philadelphia for several years, in 1970 he joined the legal department of Merck Sharp and Dohme in West Point, Pennsylvania. Bill held numerous positions with the Merck legal department, finally becoming Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary to Astra/Merck, presently AstraZeneca before retiring in 1997. Today, John is President of his own consulting firm, PharmaSource Inc., specializing in services to the pharma industry, namely outsourcing, mergers, spin-offs and His first assignment at Merck made him responsible
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