In 2011, Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy’s board of directors established an award in honor of Jonathan Gardberg and presented it to him at the organization’s holiday luncheon. Each year the board has continued to recognize a member of the community who is instrumental in supporting and promoting the mission of the pharmacy and embodies the caring and generous spirit of Jonathan Gardberg.
Jonathan Prince Gardberg was born in Mobile, Alabama. He was educated in the public schools of Mobile County and graduated from Murphy High School in 1966. He attended Emory University where he was a Dean’s list student, a varsity wrestler, and served on the Publications Council. He graduated from Emory University in 1970 with a degree in Economics. Jonathan attended the University of Alabama Law School where he was a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society and graduated in 1973.
He began practicing law in Mobile, Alabama in 1973 and was a partner in the firm of Simon, Wood and Gardberg where he practiced personal injury, disability, municipal and labor law. In 1986 he founded the law firm Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. The firm has been a longstanding supporter of Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy. Mr. Gardberg retired in 2015 and he and his wife Joy moved to Texas. They continue to support the work of Ozanam Pharmacy.
The Jonathan Gardberg Leadership Award is named after Jonathan Gardberg because of his constant support of the mission of Ozanam Pharmacy in the spirit of the pharmacy’s namesake, Frederic Ozanam. Like Ozanam, the founder of the St. Vincent De Paul Society, Gardberg is an attorney who focused his work on helping the sick and disabled with his social security and veteran’s disability practice. Besides helping with fundraising for the pharmacy, Gardberg helped to establish the agency’s first newsletter and the law firm he founded continues his support of those who are in need of prescription assistance.
Gardberg Leadership Award Winners
Thomas J Rodi-Archbishop of Mobile
Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Mobile
Chris and Marti Burgess-Heritage Compounding Pharmacy
Pleasant Valley Opportunity Club
St. Francis Episcopal Church Women
Mr. Steven Cumbie-CEO of Lanier Construction
The Hargrove Foundation