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Stanton Jay Jonas

JONAS: Stanton Jay Jonas, Jan. 29, 1929 to Jan. 29, 2024
Stan Jonas passed away, at age 95, at Masonic Village of Sewickley, where he was surrounded by family over the last several days. He was predeceased by his siblings, including his beloved sister Nellie Shulgold, and by his first wife, Rhoda Fisher Jonas. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, and his sons Scott, Joel (Patty Stamler) and Ed (Jackie); granddaughters Chloe Jonas and Rachel Stamler-Jonas, and great-granddaughter Eliana Harrison. He graduated from Pitt’s School of Pharmacy, and was then chief pharmacist / staff sergeant at Honshu Airbase in Japan. When he returned stateside, he worked for Thrift Drugs, quickly transforming a slow Johnstown store into the second highest-performing store in the chain. He initiated the first pharmacy at the Allegheny County Health Department. He was pharmacist coordinator for the 1970 “Rubella Sunday” vaccination campaign, then the largest single-day immunization program by injection in the United States. After obtaining his Masters in Public Health at Pitt, he became health administrator for the Clack Health Center. In later life, he was president of the Allegheny County Pharmacists Association, chaired the Poison Prevention Committee, promoted Project Bundle Up, and volunteered in many other settings. From 2005 until this past year, he was curator of the Grimm Pharmacy Museum at Pitt. “Dad” and “Grandpa” was always an indefatigable force of nature, whose bywords for many years were “no problem” and “can do.” While he had many professional accomplishments, he was above all, a loving family man. Graveside service and interment will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Beth Shalom Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc. schugar.com PJC

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