Bill Swail, left, with a fellow pharmacist at the Peoples Rx compounding site in 2009. Swail, who founded Peoples Rx in 1980, died on January 25th.

Bill Swail, founder of Peoples Rx Pharmacy in Austin, dies

William Lee “Bill” Swail, the founder and personality behind Peoples Rx Pharmacies, died on January 25th after a long illness. He was 79 years old.

He will be remembered for his sense of humor, infectious laugh, customer service, and for being ahead of his time in focusing on improving whole body health, starting with the food we eat and the supplements we take.

“He was always so far-sighted,” said daughter Janeen Swail Schloz. “People would call him a visionary. He always seemed to know what was around the corner next.”

Swail founded Peoples Rx with an office on the Pack Saddle Pass in South Austin in 1980. It grew into four stores and a pharmacy made up of custom drugs. Peoples Rx is part pharmacy and part grocery and deli shop, with a focus on health.

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