Throughout his career, Stanley James “Jim” Morisoli ’75, RPh has embodied the spirit of the pharmacist’s oath: to devote oneself “to a lifetime of service to others through the profession of pharmacy.” From 1986 to 2015, he owned American Surgical Pharmacy in San Bernardino, where he specialized in helping local mental health clinics. He pioneered a clinic for Clozaril®, an antipsychotic medication used for high-risk patients with schizophrenia. He was actively involved in the Inland Empire Pharmacists Association and has served as secretary, president for two terms and a board member from 1978 to 2015.
In 2014, he and his son, Adam Morisoli ’10, PharmD, purchased Carlsbad Village Pharmacy, where they currently serve the community as pharmacists. Jim Morisoli is a member of the California Pharmacists Association and the Orange County Pharmacists Association. He was also a council member for the St. Catherine of Siena Parish and is currently a volunteer pharmacist for the California Dental Association (CDA) Foundation’s CDA Cares program, which provides dental care for individuals in underserved communities.
A strong supporter of Pacific, Jim Morisoli served as a Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association (PPAA) board member for 10 years. “I was very fortunate to receive a quality education from Pacific, own a successful business and, in return, be able to give back to the School through an endowed scholarship,” said Jim Morisoli. He and his wife, Deborah, established the Powell-matched Morisoli Family Endowed Scholarship to assist pharmacy students who intend to pursue private practice pharmacy.
“The friendships and relationships that I have made from attending Pacific have been lifelong,” he said. “The reputation of Pacific students and pharmacists, as well as their involvement in state and national organizations, makes me so proud to be an alumnus. I have been very blessed in my life and my career as a pharmacist. I attribute that to Pacific.”
In addition to the honor of being recognized as the 2019 PPAA Alumnus of the Year, the highlight of his year has been “being a grandfather and spending time with my four beautiful granddaughters, my three sons and their wives.”
“I was very fortunate to receive a quality education from Pacific, own a successful business and, in return, be able to give back to the School through an endowed scholarship.”
By Anne Marie H. Bergthold