The name Fred Gable, is synonymous with the School of Pharmacy where he brought his love of music and theater and art. For almost 30 years, Fred Gable wore many hats at the School as an Administrator, Instructor, Advisor, Director of the Morter Pestle Players, Founder of the School's art collection, and, upon his retirement in 1980, Assistant Dean.
In 1968 his suggestion that the graduating class present a watercolor to the School in memory of a student who had passed away following his first year at Temple, was the start of the School's impressive art collection. Today the collection consists of over 140 pieces of fine art and sculpture and is one of the largest collections among the Schools and Colleges within Temple University.
When Fred was approached in the late 1950's by a group of students who wanted to start an amateur theatrical group, his response was characteristically enthusiastic and he proceeded to write the music and lyrics for an original musical comedy entitled Personality Plus. Fred Gable directed and staged the annual campus productions over the next 14 years until 1972. He also organized a series of campus activities that ranged from a series of authors' talks to lectures by newsmakers to performances by the Lyric Opera Company of Philadelphia.
Born in South Philadelphia, he graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1947 and earned a bachelor's degree in pharmacy in 1951, a master's in pharmacy in 1953, and a master's in sociology in 1959, all at Temple University. From 1953, Fred Gable worked in the Army hospital at Fort Meade, Md., before beginning his teaching career at Temple in 1955.
He is the author of Psychosocial Pharmacy: The Synthetic Society, published in 1974 by Lea & Febiger, and Opportunities in Pharmacy Careers, published in 2003 by McGraw-Hill.
Per his request there was no memorial service. In addition to his daughter, he is survived by a son, Dana.
Recently a permanently endowed fund had been created at the Temple University School of Pharmacy to honor Fred Gable's long association with the School. His family has requested that contributions in his memory be sent to this Temple University, attn: Fred B. Gable Endowed Cultural Fund, P.O. Box 827651, Philadelphia, PA 19182-7651.