Alumni Profile: Robert Brix

Robert BrixBob Brix grew up in a large family of pharmacists on the northside of Minneapolis. After graduating from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 1952, he pursued his dream of buying a pharmacy in a small town. After purchasing his Clara City pharmacy, he subsequently purchased stores in other Minnesota towns of Tracy, Sleepy Eye, Redwood and Glenwood. 

Throughout his career, he invested his time in leadership roles in the community and church.

“A pharmacist needs to enjoy the people they serve and collaborate with the other health care professionals in the community,” Brix said.

Brix’s dedication to serving his communities earned him the WCCO Good Neighbor Award when he was in his 80s. 

His career spanned 29 years practicing pharmacy which included compounding and veterinary medicines. 

In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, over the years Brix has combined his love of music and travel. He is a classical pianist, and he and his wife of 57 years, Carolyn, have attended operas throughout Europe.

Today, Brix spends part of every day with Carolyn in her nursing facility, where she is treated for her Alzheimer’s disease. Together they share three daughters and one son. He is known for his close involvement with his family, and for setting examples of compassion, kindness and hard work.

Brix and Carolyn support Alzheimer’s research through their bequest to the college’s Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development. This support will continue to make a difference in the battle against this disease at the College of Pharmacy.