Bernard C. McDougall, 73, longtime Sykesville pharmacist

August 28, 1998|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF Ellie Baublitz of The Sun's Carroll County Bureau contributed to this article.

For more than 40 years, Bernard C. "Doc" McDougall dispensed prescriptions, fountain sodas, fried egg sandwiches and good feelings from behind the counter of his family's drugstore in Sykesville.

Mr. McDougall, who had served as mayor of Sykesville in the 1960s, died Monday of a heart attack at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 73.

He opened McDougall's Pharmacy on Main Street in 1957. In 1988, he relocated to Gillis Corner Shopping Center on Route 32. He retired three years ago. A son, Mark McDougall of Sykesville, now operates the business.

At the drugstore, customers traded gossip with Mr. McDougall while eating breakfast or lunch and waiting for their prescription. Retirees gathered to "cuss and discuss" and speculate on the future of Sykesville.

"We had fountain Cokes and handmade milkshakes," said Mark McDougall. "We sold cosmetics, school supplies, stationery, even a little bit of hardware. I guess we had a little bit of everything."

Lloyd Helt, a former Sykesville mayor whose law office was four doors away from the Main Street drugstore, was a regular.

"I had breakfast there every morning for years," he said. "I used to come in there and ask for a 'Mayor's Sandwich,' which was a fried egg on toast with lettuce and ketchup."

He often returned at lunchtime for a bowl of the store's famous sauerkraut. "Boy, did it smell up the whole drugstore," he said.

"He was a very caring fellow who opened his pharmacy late one night when I needed a prescription filled for my sick wife," Mr. Helt said. "He'd do anything for anybody."

Mr. McDougall was born and raised in Essex and graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School in 1943. He served in the Navy as a pharmacist's mate in the Pacific theater from 1943 to 1946 during World War II. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1951.

In 1952, he married Irene Zell- hoffer. She died in 1987.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church on Sandosky Road in Sykesville.

He is survived by two other sons, Matthew McDougall of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and Daniel McDougall of Finksburg; a daughter, Judith Ann Whitehair of Sykesville; a sister, Dorothy Kneisel of Essex; and 10 grandchildren.

! Pub date: 8/28/98

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