Thursday, November 20, 2003

Norwood honors pharmacist

Lloyd played role in city's early days

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[IMAGE] Norwood Mayor Victor Schneider dedicates a monument to John Uri Lloyd along Montgomery Road Wednesday.
(Tony Jones photo)
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NORWOOD - A man who played an important role in Norwood's early history now has a prominent place in its present-day life.

At the busy intersection of Montgomery Road and Sherman Avenue, city officials Wednesday dedicated a monument honoring John Uri Lloyd, a nationally renowned pharmacist who helped plat Norwood's streets in the 1880s.

Topped by a mortar and pestle, symbols of the pharmaceutical profession, the monument has a bronze plaque with Lloyd's image and a brief biography. It stands in front of the new Walgreens Drug Store.

Walgreens paid for the monument and the corner landscaping in exchange for the city's permission for a zoning exception.

The store and the monument have totally transformed that corner and are a major part of the city's effort to improve its central business district. The Walgreens store replaced small shops, bars and empty storefronts.

"This corner is really a gem in the crown of Norwood," said Mayor Victor Schneider, who designed the monument.

Lloyd helped pioneer the use of plant-based medicine, won national acclaim for his scientific writings and served as president of the American Pharmaceutical Association. He also wrote two best-selling novels.

When he came to Norwood in 1884, the unincorporated community was composed of subdivisions that wanted to be separate and often didn't have connecting streets.

As chairman of the platting commission, he worked to realign disconnected streets to make travel easier.

"It was very politically controversial," Schneider said. "But he stepped forward and got involved."

The house Lloyd lived in still stands at Harris and Lloyd avenues. He and his two brothers developed the Lloyd Library and Museum, which focuses on the history of pharmacy, pharmaceuticals and herbal medicine. The library, at 917 Plum St. downtown, contains many of Lloyd's scientific writings, novels and his pharmaceutical artifacts.

E-mail skemme@enquirer .com

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