Honorary Membership

Honorary Membership in the American Pharmacists Association is conferred by the APhA Board of Trustees upon individuals, either within the profession of pharmacy or outside of it, whose activities and achievements have had a significant impact upon public health, the profession, and its practitioners.


2020 Honorary Membership recipient: Linda K. Gainey APhA Senior Director and Corporate Secretary

Evaluation Criteria

Individuals nominated for Honorary Membership shall meet the following criteria:

• Individual is not a pharmacist or is a non-American pharmacist.
• Individual has documented activity that has significantly impacted public health or has created or supported the expanding role of pharmacists, the profession, or Association.
• Awarding of the designation to the individual will advance the Association’s public perception.
• The Board of Trustees may make exceptions to the above criteria, except for the second bullet.
Nomination Process
The nominator is responsible for submitting a complete award nomination at the following link: Award Nomination Form. The deadline for nominations is September 1, annually.
The nomination is to include the following items:

• A letter from the nominator describing the most important achievements of the nominee and explaining why the nominee meets the criteria for the award
• Letters of recommendation are optional; two letters are preferred, with a maximum of six letters accepted
• A current curriculum vitae or detailed résumé 

Selection Process

The selection is made by the APhA Board of Trustees based upon careful review of complete nominations.

Nature of Award

The honor, first presented in 1856 and conferred at each APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition, consists of a plaque, a complimentary APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition registration and reimbursement for meeting-related travel expenses, according to current travel policies and up to the maximum amount budgeted by APhA.

Past Honorees:

2019    Kathy Keough, USA and Linda Gibson, USA

2018    Partricia Worthen, USA

2017    Eileen Gans, USA

2016    Kristen G. Betts, USA

2015    Roger Lea Williams, USA

2014    Benjamin Jacobs, USA, and N. Lee Rucker, USA

2013    Frank Bennicasa, USA

2012    CAPT S. Miles Rudd, USA

2011    Jeff Poston, Canada

2010    Mark B. McClellan, USA

2010    Joel V. Brill, USA

2009    Ken Leibowitz, USA

2008    Buck A. Rhodes, USA

2008    Ann Lewis, England

2007    Peter M. Fernandes, USA

2006    William L. Atkinson, USA

2006    Jean Parrot, France

2005    Edward G. Feldmann, USA

2005    A. J. M. (Ton) Hoek, the Netherlands

2004    Richard H. Carmona, USA

2003    Not awarded

2002    Peter J. Kielgast, Denmark

2001    David G. Schulke, USA

2000    Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, USA

2000    John P. Miall, USA

2000    Donna E. Shalala, USA

1999    José Manuel Cárdenas, Mexico

1999    Dieter Steinbach, Germany

1998    John Ferguson, OBE

1997    Rep. Henry A. Waxman, USA

1996    Leroy C. Fevang, Canada

1996    Nils-Olaf Strandqvist, Sweden

1995    Thomas R. Fulda, USA

1995    David Satcher, USA

1994    Marie Schwartz, USA

1992    Paul. L. O’Brien, Esquire, USA

1991    Sen. David H. Pryor, USA

1990    C. Everett Koop, USA

1989    Stanley Siegelman, USA

1987    J. H. M. Martens, the Netherlands

1987    Shoji Shibata, Japan

1986    Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., USA

1985    Charles A. LeMaistre, USA

1983    Mark Novitch, USA

1983    Frank Field, USA

1982    Hector Zayas-Bazan y Perdomo, USA

1981    Mary Kelly Mullane, USA

1980    Dan Kushner, USA

1979    C. Joseph Stetler, USA

1979    Charles C. Edwards, USA

1978    Arthur Ulene, USA

1976    Desmond Lewis, Great Britain

1975    Frederick M. Garfield, USA

1973    John C. Weaver, USA

1972    Max Tishler, USA

1971    Kozaburo Takeda, Japan

1971    Morizo Ishidate, Japan

1969    John C. Turnbull, Canada

1969    J. H. M. A. Winters, the Netherlands

1967    Winton D. Rankin, USA

1967    Alberto Garcia Ortiz, Spain

1966    Gen-Ichiro Fukuchi, Japan

1965    Svend A. Schou, Denmark

1963    George P. Larrick, USA

1962    Vice President Hubert Humphrey, USA

1962    Sir Hugh N. Linstead, Great Britain

1955    George D. Armstrong, USA

1943    Carl T. Durham, USA

1937    A. U. R. Wasicky, Austria

1932    George Urdang, USA

1930    Armando S. Parado, Chile

1929    Juan Manuel Noriega, Mexico

1927    John Cameron, Great Britain

1924    I. M. Kolthoff, USA


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