Martha Holoubek Fitzgerald, formerly business editor and associate editorial page editor for The Shreveport Times, holds degrees in business from Loyola University in New Orleans and Louisiana Tech University. She is the author of The Courtship of Two Doctors: A 1930s Love Story of Letters, Hope and Healing (2012) and owner of Martha Fitzgerald Consulting (www.marthafitzgerald.com).
Once a main-street shopfront dispensing tonics, Morris & Dickson Co. of Shreveport now competes with the major players in pharmaceutical distribution. Since 1841 presents an in-depth case study of a family business that has weathered wars, fires, recessions, and the sudden death of four chief executives. How did it survive? By grit, gumption, and the loyalty of its extended business family.