DANVILLE – J.T. "Tom" Gulick, 86, of Danville passed away at 9:08 a.m. Wednesday (July 13, 2016) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
He was born on Sept. 3, 1929, in Danville to Joseph W. and Claudine B. (Switzer) Gulick. Tom had one brother, Dr. J.L. Gulick.
He was united in marriage to Loretta F. Maire on Sept. 10, 1953, in Danville; she survives.
Tom will be missed by a son, Steve Gulick of Danville; daughter, Sue (Lindy) Edmund of Champaign; five grandchildren, Carlie Edmund of Brentwood, Mo., and Kyle Edmund of Champaign, Keegan, Kendl and Kristina Gulick, all of Danville; nephew, Greg Gulick; and two nieces, Denise (Gulick) Rieser and Michelle (Gulick) Osborn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dr. J.L. Gulick.
In 1947, Tom graduated from Danville High School and continued his education at the University of Illinois Chicago Campus, graduating in 1951 with his degree in pharmacy.
Tom purchased Woodbury Drug Co. from his grandfather T.A. Gulick in 1953 and eventually relocated that pharmacy from Main Street to North Street.
In 1971, he bought the former Carson Pharmacy from Ben Carson. He operated two drug stores for several years with two different names and merged the two into one building at 912 N. Vermilion St. in 1978 and changed the name to Gulick Pharmacy.
After merging the two stores, Tom, his wife Loretta and son Steve formed Illiana Medical Equipment and Supply, a home medical equipment business inside the 912 N. Vermilion St. pharmacy.
In 1998, he sold the pharmacy part of the business and continued to operate Illiana Medical Equipment and Supply at this location with his son Steve until his death. The original drug store was formed in 1846 and today is still operating as Gulick's Illiana Medical Equipment and Supply at 170 years old.
Tom was active and influential in many organizations including president of the board of the IMESCO Buying Group, a Paul Harris Fellow in the Danville Rotary Club, a member of the Anchor Lodge No. 980 Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for 65 years, a former member of Elks Lodge No. 332, and for a time was chairman of the board at First Savings Bank.
He was a lifelong member of the NRA, the National Skeet Shooting Organization and helped form the Illiana Skeet and Trap Shooting Club in Cayuga, Ind.
In 1987, he played an integral part in changing the form of government in Danville to its current aldermanic format.
As an avid Illini fan, he was a longtime season ticket holder and member of Illini Rebounders. He supported the UI and was a member of the Presidents Council of the UI Foundation. You could find Tom either attending or listening to Illini basketball and football games during their seasons.
Tom and Loretta enjoyed traveling, including trips to Russia, China and Europe.
Tom was passionate about his career and he was influential in many pharmaceutical organizations. He was the IPHA (Illinois Pharmaceutical Association) president from 1971 to 1972. In addition, he was a member of the Drug Advisory Committee for the Illinois Department of Public Aid from 1982 to 1992 that assisted in preparing the state recommendations and data for the National Pharmaceutical Council's "Pharmaceutical Benefits Under the State Medical Assistance Programs."
He was active in the APhA (American Pharmaceutical Association) Academies serving as the chairman of the Practice Management Section from 1982 to 1983; chairman of the Home Health Care Section, 1984 to 1986; and as chair of the Community and Ambulatory Practice Section of the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management from 1992 to 1993.
A Celebration of Tom's life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Sunset Funeral Home.