Mag. Marta Slapar, born Mušič – co-founder of the Novo mesto pharmaceutics industry in the shade of great directors

Mag. Marta Slapar was born on 19 March 1907 as the fifth - the youngest child in the well-known family Mušič from Novo mesto. She attended the primary and secondary school in Novo mesto. After graduating, she studied pharmacy in Zagreb and graduated from the university in 1930. Her work took her to Slovenj Gradec in the Koroška region, where her husband, Dr. Jože Slapar also worked. Shortly before World War II, she returned to Novo mesto with her family and she (an advanced Slovenian intellectual) and her husband cooperated in helping the National Liberation fighters. At first, she worked as a pharmacist for the Novo mesto district. From 1947 to 1954, she managed the Novo mesto hospital pharmacy. In May 1952, the branch of the Slovenian pharmaceutical association for the Dolenjska region was established and Mag. Marta Slapar, who has led the association for 16 long years, was one of its most active members. In 1954, she and the active members of the association took initiative for establishing the Pharmaceutical Lab Krka. Together with Boris Andrijanič, Marta Slapar started to build the foundations for the pharmaceutical industry in Novo mesto. She worked on the technical part and started developing the industrial technology for medicine production together with some co-workers. She was one of the creditors who enabled the growth of the six-member-staff working in the pharmacy basement on one pill producing machine into one of the strongest Slovenian companies. After Marta Slapar died in September 1973, her co-workers described her as follows: “/…/ You knew every pore of your factory and its people, you raised the young ones in production, research, development and cooperation with Slovenian and foreign experts, business people and institutions. You were the first direct and expert production manager, the first leader of scientific research at the institute, which was established under your guidance, and the person who successfully led the first interviews with foreign institutions and factories due to your foreign language knowledge, your personal charm and the characteristic concentration when working. In doing so, you truly opened KRKA the way into the world. You have raised a generation of young people, your work colleagues and others, and, above all, given them the faith in their own work /…/” (Dolenjski list, 6 September 1973).

Marta Slapar died on 2 September 1973. She spent her last years in Ljubljana, where she is buried. Although she has set up the production at Krka, was looking for prescriptions for medicines, hired pharmaceutical and chemical workers, she has always modestly stayed in the shadow of the general director as his assistant. Therefore, many people realised her greatness and importance only after she died, because they had to send the notices on her funeral at least in four languages all over the world – she had so many friends who appreciated her.