When Lucas Coody was young he watched his grandfather make a candy sucker made of cough syrup. It was a way of getting children to take their medicine. That was one of the many instances inspiring him to grow up and become a pharmacist.
This past week, it was if the culmination of inspiration and hard work paid off. He was recognized as the 2019 Distinguished Young Pharmacist of Oklahoma by The Oklahoma Pharmacist Association.
Coody graduated from Waurika in 2008. He says many of the people of this community were gracious to serve as his mentors as over the years.
Among those who served as an inspiration were Biff and Valarie Eck.
Ultimately, he was inspired by grandad’s on both sides of his family who served as pharmacist.
After graduating from Waurika he attended Southwester Oklahoma State University in Weatherford where he earned his pharmacy degree in 2016.
While attending college, part of his rotation was spent at Anderson Pharmacy and Accents in Lawton, Oklahoma.
He chose Anderson’s because of a suggestion made by Dutch Elkins. Eklins knew the Anderson family from their time in Terral.
C.J. and Georgianna Anderson were natives of Terral. They eventually moved to Lawton.
During his rotation, he met a young lady working at Anderson’s as a Pharmacy Tech. Her name was Lauren.
The two of them eventually married.
Today, Lucas and Lauren make their home in Lawton.
Coody says he was surprised to selected for this year’s recognition. Surprised and honored.
Those who know Coody can readily attest to his humility and character. This award is just the beginning of many good things to come.