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EMIL P. MARTINI JR. 1928-1992

 EMIL P. MARTINI JR.
 1928-1992
 ORANGE, Calif., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Emil P. Martini Jr., chairman of the board of Bergen Brunswig Corp. (AMEX: BBC) died on Monday, March 16, 1992, at his home in Carson City, Nev. after a long illness. He was 63. Recognized internationally as an innovator in pharmaceutical distribution, he was described by his associates as a "Champion of Continuous Improvement."
 When he retired as chief executive officer of Bergen Brunswig in August 1990, Mr. Martini summarized his business philosophy with this comment: "The future belongs to distributors that use advancing technology to control costs and offer their customers the best possible service." Throughout his extraordinarily successful career, he referred often to the advice of Polaroid's Edwin Land: "When your product become obsolete, make sure you're the one who obsoletes it."
 In 1952 as a buyer in training he joined the wholesale drug company founded by his father in New Jersey. Bergen Drug Co. then was a regional distributor of pharmaceuticals. After his father's death, Mr. Martini was elected president in 1956. At that time sales were $10 million. In 1969, he negotiated the acquisition of Brunswig Drug Co. of Los Angeles and began the transformation of the company into a national distributor of pharmaceuticals and other health care products. For the fiscal year ended August 31, 1991, Bergen Brunswig's sales were $4.8 billion.
 Early in his career Mr. Martini recognized the potential value of computer technology to contain distribution costs and improvement service for pharmacists and hospitals. He pioneered the development of the industry's first computerized inventory management and accounting system and the industry's first automated order entry system for customers.
 In recent years, he emphasized development of electronic data interchange between Bergen Brunswig and its suppliers and accelerated the construction of fully automated regional distribution centers designed to accommodate increasing sales volume. Explaining Bergen Brunswig's role in distribution, he said: "We are not a technology company, but we are technology driven as well as market driven." Pharmaceutical products derived from biotechnology were a special interest.
 Born Aug. 9, 1928 in Teaneck, N.J., Mr. Martini was a graduate of the Purdue University School of Pharmacy. In 1950, he received a bachelor of science in pharmacy degree and was registered as a pharmacist in New Jersey. Purdue University recognized his "outstanding leadership" with the honorary degree of doctor of pharmacy in 1984. In 1989, he received the Information Systems Executive Leadership Award from UCLA's John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management. This award recognizes exceptional leadership in bringing information technology into the highest levels of a company's strategic decision-making process.
 Two significant awards shared with associates are the 1990 Society for Information Management Partners in Leadership Award (with Anthony A. Vallario) and the 1987 National Wholesale Druggists' Association Timothy Patrick Barry Jr. Award (with his brother, Robert E. Martini). The Barry award referred to a "unique partnership with a demonstrated record of success over many years. What these brothers have accomplished together is far more important than what neither of them might have accomplished alone." Robert E. Martini succeeded his brother as chief executive officer of Bergen Brunswig Corp. in August 1990.
 When Emil Martini retired he was asked if he had any advice for his brother. His response was, "We have been working together now for over 30 years. I don't think there is any advice I can give him that I haven't already."
 Active in industry affairs, Mr. Martini served on the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy Board of Councilors and Rutgers University College of Pharmacy Advisory Committee. He was a past president (1970) of the National Wholesale Druggists' Association and was a member of Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity.
 Mr. Martini served on the board of trustees of Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, and was a member of the board of directors of BD Investment Corp. He was chairman of the Listed Company Advisory Committee of the American Stock Exchange and chairman of the United States Industry Finance Committee for the United Nations.
 He is survived by his wife, Heather, a daughter, Cathy Martini, his sons Emil P. Martini III and Brian Martini, his brother, Robert E. Martini, a grandson, Taylor Martini and stepchildren, Prima Martini, Delaree Bau, Anne Morales, and Stephen Szabo.
 A memorial service will be held in Arboratum at the Crystal Cathedral, 12141 Lewis St., Garden Grove, Calif. on Tuesday, March 24 at 3 p.m.
 The family requests that no flowers be sent and that contributions be directed to the Emil P. Martini Jr. Memorial Fund, Park Century School, 2040 Stoner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025. Mr. Martini served as chairman of the board for Park Century, a school for children with learning disabilities.
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