The founder of Hamlin Pharmacy in Corpus Christi dies

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The ward grieves for a longtime Corpus Christi businessman who has passed away.

Karl Arnold, who opened the Hamlin pharmacy in 1960, died on Sunday, March 7, 2021, according to family members.

In a post on social media, his family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Karl Arnold on March 7th. He opened the Hamlin Pharmacy in 1960 and was a pharmacist for 56 years until he retired. He loved his customers and his co-workers and nothing made him happier than making them laugh. He was a lifelong Corpus Christian and loved his family dearly. With his death, it really is the end of an era. “

In 1960, the pharmacist Karl Arnold and his wife Joanne opened the Hamlin Pharmacy and Fountain on Weber Road and Staples Street.

Karen Nicholson, Karl’s daughter, spoke to KRIS 6 about Hamlin’s story two years ago.

She said her father was such a hard worker that his children only saw him when they went to the fountain for dinner. Nicholson remembers standing on a box behind the cash register, and that’s how customers would be called.

It was only last year when Jesse Lerma, a legendary Corpus Christi resident who had worked at Hamlin Fountain & Gifts for more than 60 years, died of COVID-19, according to the drugstore’s Facebook page.

Hamlin is the last soda fountain in Corpus Christi.