Community greets its much beloved pharmacist – Adam Stutzer (1948 -2021)

Eileen van der Schyff

Walvis Bay recently lost one of its pharmacists, Mr Adam Stutzer. Stutzer died on 4 July. He was the proprietor of the ABC Pharmacy at the Welwitschia MediPark and member of Walvis Bay’s highly respected medical- and pharmaceutical fraternity.

The late Mr Stutzer’s spouse, Mrs Tirzah, gave a short overview of his life earlier this week.
Stutzer was born in Tsumeb in 1948, and completed his schooling in Potgietersrus, South Africa where he matriculated in 1966.
Stutzer was fascinated by science since a very young age and led him to study as pharmacist at the Potchefstroom Uni-versity where he graduated in 1972. It was here where he met his spouse Tirzah in 1970 (she graduated in the same year as her future husband).
He did not only excel in the academics, and was also a good gymnast and swimmer, at a time representing the then Northern Transvaal.
After graduating, Mr Stutzer bought the 1906 Tudor Pharmacy in Pretoria, next to Church Plain.
This veritable Tudor-style pharmacy museum became Adam’s first pharmacy.
In 1977 Adam received a phone call from Peet Swart, requesting Adam to move to Walvis Bay to manage the ABC Pharmacy, that time situated opposite Trust Market on the corner of what is today Sam Nujoma Avenue and Rikumbi Kandanga Road.
In the early 2000’s, Adam purchased ABC Pharmacy and moved the pharmacy to a premise at the Welwitschia MediPark.
“Thomas Huber and Eugene Rossouw today carries on with Adam’s vision in the most excellent way. Adam could still see the opening of a beautiful Dialysis Clinic at his pharmacy”, said Mrs. Tirzah Stutzer.
Adam collected Namibian art and was intensely interested by people, their skills and their exceptional abilities in society. He loved everyone and engaged with everyone as a human being. He planted gardens, visited gardens and created a beautiful garden for his family.
He believed in empowering young men and women to become leaders in their respective areas.
“Today, we want to say thank you to a wonderful man, a father figure to many, a friend and someone who left a great impact on all of us in different ways”.
Adam wanted to thank all healthcare workers, medical staff and everyone who was part and helped him in the last 8 days of his life. Tirzah appreciates all this with her late husband.
“Thank you for the wonderful treatment Adam received in the Welwitchia Hospital. Thank you for the tremendous com-munity support and love we received during these trying times. We celebrate his life and legacy together”, she concluded.

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