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 Indianapolis, July 14 /PRNewswire/-- August Ferdinand "Bud" Hook,

chairman emeritus of Hook Drugs, died July 13 at his home. He was the son of John A. Hook, who founded the Hook Drug Company more than 91 years ago on Indianapolis' near southside.
 Bud Hook began working in his father's company as a stock boy while in high school. After obtaining his pharmacy degree and attending the Harvard Graduate School of Business, he returned to Hook's to become a store manager in 1930.
 Over the next several years, Hook learned the drug store business, serving as stores inventory manager, buyer of tobaccos and candies, director of personnel and vice president in charge of store operations. He was elected president in 1956, chairman of the board in 1972 and chairman emeritus in 1978.
 During his years at the helm of Hook Drugs, Bud Hook spear-headed the growth of Hook's from a chain of 56 drugstores mostly in urban settings, to more than 250 in 1978, all of which were modern, self- service outlets in suburban neighborhoods.
 Hook Drugs is now a division of Hook-SupeRx, Inc. (NYSE: HSX) a publicly-held company, and operates more than 400 drugstores in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky, plus more than 30 Home Health Centers in these states as well as Tennessee.
 Russell D. Mesalam, president of the Hook Division, said, "Bud Hook was truly a leader in the chain drug store industry. Under his tutelage, Hook's prospered and became one of the premier chains in the country. His unyielding adherence to the highest standards of ethics and his commitment to serving the customer were the hallmarks of his tenure with Hook's. He will be sadly missed by all of us who have profited from his leadership and friendship."
 Hook was born in Indianapolis, on July 6, 1907 to John A. and Florence B. (Weiss) Hook. He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1925, and obtained his pharmacy degree from Purdue University in 1929. He married Marguerite (Peg) Bowers in 1931 and has one daughter, Mrs. Edward (Ann) Voliva, and six grandchildren, Michael Caperton, Catherine Arwood, John Edward Voliva, Jane Rexing, Edward Voliva III and Mary Powelson, all of whom survive, and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph, and a sister, Dorothy Carlisle.
 He served on numerous business and drug trade boards which included being a former director of Indiana National Bank Corporation, Indianapolis Better Business Bureau, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, downtown Kiwanis, president of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), and president of Associated Chain Drug Stores (ACDS).
 Hook achieved Eagle Scout as a boy and earned membership in Firecrafter and Minisino camping fraternities. His love of scouting continued throughout his life as he organized a junior council to help the Crossroads of America Council grow and prosper in the early 1930s. He was a director of the Council from 1938 until present, serving as its president in 1960 and '61. Through his generosity, the John A. Hook Health Lodge was built and dedicated to the Ransburg Reservation at Monroe Reservoir, which he helped develop. In 1970, he conceived the idea of the "Duffel Bag," a retail store operated by the Women's Service League of the Council, which sold donated merchandise to raise funds for the Council.
 His scouting efforts went beyond the Indianapolis area as he served in regional and national capacities as well. He served as chairman of "BOY POWER '76" capital funds committee, achieving a goal of $10 million by 1976. He was a member of the executive committee from 1961-1975 for what is now the East Central Region, serving boys in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Upon completion of his term as chairman of the committee in 1967 and '68, the Region was presented with the Lorillard-Spencer trophy for "serving more boys with a better Scouting Program" than any of the (then) twelve Regions in the nation.
 His national Scouting activities included honorary director of the National Council, 1967-1970; National Council Advisory Board from 1970-1978; member of Committee on Drug Abuse from 1969-1972; and Public Relations Committee member from 1962-1972. In 1972 he donated $500,000 of his personal holdings of Hook Drugs, Inc. stock, for use in scouting programs in Indiana. Three of his most noted Scouting honors were the Silver Beaver from the Central Indiana Council in 1947, Silver Antelope from the Region in 1964, and the Silver Buffalo from the National Council in 1971.
 Hook received a multitude of awards and citations during his lifetime, including Sagamore of the Wabash (1969); Distinguished Hoosier (1970); August F. "Bud" Hook Day, Mayoral Proclamation by then Mayor Richard G. Lugar (1968); Honorary Degree of Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University (1973); and Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Butler University (1974). The A.F. Hook Physical Rehabilitation Center at Community Hospital in Indianapolis was named after him in 1974.
 Calling will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on July 16, at Leppert and Hurt Mortuary at 740 East 86th Street in Indianapolis. The funeral will be the morning of July 17.
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