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APA Pharmacy Hall of Fame Lapel PinAbout the Pharmacy Hall of Fame

Established in 2015 by the Alabama Pharmacy Association (APA), the Pharmacy Hall of Fame acknowledges achievements by those engaged in the profession of pharmacy, whether alive or deceased, and recognizes their outstanding contributions or exemplary service to pharmacy and/or to healthcare.

Pharmacy Hall of Fame Nomination Information

2017 Inductee Biographies

2016 Inductee Biographies

2015 Inductee Biographies


 

  

2017 Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame



   Photo: Pharmacists or family members of pharmacists inducted into the Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame on June 19, 2017. 
Pictured (L-R) Doug Barker (accepting the award for his father Ken Barker), Jeff Roe (accepting the award for his father Tea Sam Roe), Billy Beasley, Lucinda Maine, Jerry Thomas, and Kathy Williams (accepting the award for her father Wyatt Williams)

On June 19, 2017, eight individuals were inducted into the Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame at the Alabama Pharmacy Association's 136th Annual Convention held at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, FL. Inducted, in person, on June 19, 2017 were: Billy Beasley of Clayton, Lucinda Maine of Alexandria, Virginia, and Jerry Thomas of Northport.

Awards were presented to family members on behalf of Kenneth Barker of Auburn, Tea Sam Roe of Birmingham, and Wyatt Williams of Tuscaloosa.

 

Inducted posthumously were: Herbert Batt and Samuel Coker.

 

“The Pharmacy Hall of Fame Inductees have, by their work and accomplishments, brought honor to the profession of pharmacy,” stated Louise Jones, APA Executive Director. “These are individuals who clearly standout from the mainstream.”


 

2017 Inductee Biographies

Kenneth Neal Barker

Kenneth Barker was born March 25, 1937 and grew up with a father who practiced community pharmacy. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in pharmacy from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Mississippi. 

From 1972-1975, Dr. Barker was an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Administration at Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe. He moved to Auburn in 1977 and stayed for the next 22 years as a Department Head for the Auburn University Pharmacy Care Systems. Other service included working as a Civilian National Consultant for Pharmacy to the U.S. Air Force from 1990-93.

Dr. Barker’s career is distinguished with a series of accomplishments and innovations that have had a major impact on the practice of pharmacy and greatly improved the quality of the American healthcare system. In the late 1950’s, he began his pioneering work with the introduction of the “unit dose” medication distribution system in hospitals. Developed at his alma mater, the University of Florida, and the University of Arkansas Medical Center from 1959-1965. This method is now widely used in pharmacies and was instrumental in improving the safety and accuracy of drug dispensing and revolutionized medication administration. 
The prevention of medication errors is another hallmark of Dr. Barker’s contributions. He developed a direct observation method of detecting errors, which was adopted by the Health Care Financing Administration to enforce error rate limits in nursing homes as a condition for reimbursement under the Medicare/Medicaid program in all 50 states.

As Director of Administrative Research in Maryland, he led the National Coordinating Committee on Large Volume Parenterals for the U.S. Pharmacopeia from 1970 to 1972. Under his leadership, this 14-organization coalition developed national guidelines for IV therapy and greatly improved safety through the reduction of infection and other IV-related complications. His work on the development and clinical trial of electronic drug dispensing machines controlled by pharmacy contributed to the development of the Pyxix and ScriptPro Systems, and he is widely viewed as a pioneer in research of pharmacy facility design. In 1980, ASHP contracted with Dr. Barker to produce a textbook on hospital pharmacy facilities’ planning and design.

A noted author of three books, over 100 articles in pharmacy journals, and presenter of over 300 papers at scholarly meetings and symposiums, he has served as a consultant to more than 40 companies, universities, and medical and pharmacy organizations. Some other notable honors include the 1998 Remington Medal; Auburn University’s 1993 Outstanding Graduate Professor; the 1981 H.A.K. Whitney Lecture Award from ASHP; the Bausch and Lomb Award; the Merck Award; the 1973, 1985 and 1987 ASHP Research Awards; the 2002 ISMP Lifetime Achievement Award; Who’s Who in World Medicine; Who’s Who in America; and American Men of Science. He was recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Pharmacists by Drug Topics Magazine in 1989 and was made an Honorary Member of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention in 2000.

When he was interviewed in 2009, he revealed some interesting facts – Did you know he owns an Elvis suit? Or that when he gets mad, he whistles? The greatest conclusion of that interview though is of no surprise – Ken Barker has a deep passion for pharmacy. His lifelong commitment to reforming pharmacy practice by identifying causes of errors, designing safer systems, and promoting best practices has changed the profession for the good. Heaven alone knows how many errors have been avoided because of his efforts or how many lives and careers have been saved.

William Martin Beasley, Sr.
Born in Clayton, AL, Billy is a 1958 graduate of Clayton High School. He completed pharmacy school at Auburn University in 1962 and received his pharmacy license in Alabama in June 1963. After graduation, he worked in Mobile and interned with H&W Drug Store in Tuscaloosa. In January 1964, Billy joined the Army and served in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corp, stationed in San Antonio, Texas at Brooke General Hospital.

After his military service ended, he practiced pharmacy in Clanton. By 1971, he owned a drug store in Montgomery and in May 1972, he opened a second one in Greenville, eventually moving there in 1974.

Billy returned to Clayton a few years later to open a pharmacy in his hometown. He then worked with a drug store chain in Tuscaloosa until he purchased Louisville Drug Store in 1982. He became the fifth owner of Toomer’s Drugs in Auburn in 1993 and had this to say to the Montgomery Advertiser at the time, “There’s no question, it’s a business opportunity, but it’s more than that. I got my degree at Auburn in 1962 and to be able to practice pharmacy here after 31 years, I think I’m very lucky”. In 1996, he purchased Clayton Drug Store and the next year he reopened Clio Drug Store, all in Barbour County. He and his partner, Gerald Jowers, now own drug stores in Clayton and Clio where Billy still practices pharmacy, serving the needs of his patients daily.

While attending college, he served as president of the Auburn School of Pharmacy his senior year. Billy’s career has been filled with involvement in his professional organization having served in numerous roles on committees and boards including APA President 1988-89. 

Awards include the APA 1988 Distinguished Service Award; the 2009 VOCAL Miriam Shehane Award; 1988-89 Merck Sharp and Dohme Award; the 1988 National Association of Retail Druggists Pharmacy Leadership Award; and the 2011 Good Government Award. Billy’s service to others earned him the Bowl of Hygeia Award in 2005, pharmacy’s most prestigious honor. He remains a member of the Alabama Pharmacy Association and the National Community Pharmacists Association. He is also a member of the Eufaula/Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and an active member of Clayton United Methodist Church. Billy has also given time to the Clayton Rotary Club, serving a term as President. In 2013, he achieved the distinction of being a licensed pharmacist in Alabama for fifty years.

Billy was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives, District 84, in 1998 where he served three terms. Since 2010, he has served as a member of the Alabama Senate representing the people of District 28 which is comprised of Barbour, Bullock, Henry, Lee, Macon, and Russell counties. In 2014, APA recognized his willingness to be a voice for pharmacy at the Statehouse with the Legislative Champion Award. Not a session goes by that Billy isn’t working hard making sure the interests of the pharmacists of this state and the patients they serve are protected. Most importantly though is the dignity and grace with which he carries out his duties. A true southern gentleman, Senator Billy Beasley is one of the most respected members of the Alabama Legislature…by his colleagues, lobbyists, and government officials. He is known as an honest man who can be counted on to do what he says, sometimes a rare characteristic in politics today. 

He is married to Rebecca Parish Beasley, mayor of Clayton. They are the proud parents of five children and are grandparents to twelve
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Lucinda Louise Maine
Although not born in Alabama, Lucinda moved to Mobile as a young girl. When it came time for college, she chose the Auburn University School of Pharmacy where she was elected President of the APhA student chapter. She graduated in 1980 and began work as a staff pharmacist at Mobile Infirmary. However, further education was calling and she completed her doctorate at the University of Minnesota in 1985 while simultaneously working as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice. As a faculty member there, she practiced in the field of geriatrics.

A move back to Alabama was next and from 1986-1991 she served in the roles of Director of Professional Relations, Acting Dean, and Associate Dean for Student and Alumni for the Samford University School of Pharmacy. 

Alabama couldn’t hold her when the American Pharmaceutical Association came calling in 1992. There she served as a Senior Director/Vice President for Policy, Planning and Communications for ten years where she analyzed trends in healthcare, assessing the implications for pharmacy practice and advocated for appropriate recognition for all pharmacists. For the past 15 years, she has served as the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

While it takes most people decades to achieve the Bowl of Hygeia Award, Lucinda’s passion for pharmacy and giving back earned her the prestigious honor at the ripe old age of 34; making her the youngest recipient in Alabama to this day. Other honors include the 2004 Linwood F. Tice Award; the 1999 Auburn University Walker Scholar in Practice; the 1999 Kappa Psi Bliss Award; University of Minnesota Outstanding Alumnus Award; Albert B. Prescott/Glaxo Leadership Award; Kellogg Clinical Scientist Research Achievement Award; Kappa Epsilon Outstanding Woman in Pharmacy Award; Phi Lambda Sigma Graduate Award; Auburn University President’s Award; Phi Lambda Sigma National Leadership Award; Student’s Pharmaceutical Association Award; the 2010 Jacob Miller Award from the APhA Foundation; and the 1997 Kappa Epsilon/Merck Vanguard Leadership Award.

Lucinda has been active in leadership roles in and out of the profession. In 1988-90, she served as Speaker of the APhA House of Delegates and an APhA trustee. She served as co-lead for the Concept Pharmacy project from 1995-97 which led to the formation of the National Alliance for Pharmaceutical Care; and from 1992-2012 she was a member of the Stabler Leadbetter Apothecary Museum Board. Lucinda currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of Research America, and as a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association Board and Executive Committee.

Lucinda’s career path has taken her north and although she is missed here, there is no doubt she is playing an important role in pharmacy’s future. So, we celebrate her work, are thankful for her service, and will always be extremely proud to claim her as one of our own.
 
Tea Sam Roe

Tea Sam Roe was born October 2, 1934 in Seoul, South Korea. At the age of five, he was selected to live and study at a Buddhist Monastery, where he spent the next twelve years. He was an excellent student and learned the skills of karate and swordsmanship. After his formal training at the monastery, he entered Seoul National University in South Korea where he obtained his B.S. degree in Pharmacy in 1956.  During this he served in the Korean Army and later served as an officer in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. As part of his training he attended the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery. While there, he decided he would someday return to this country. When Sam did return to the U.S., his service had still not come to an end. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he reenlisted in the Air Force and remained on duty until his retirement at the rank of Colonel.  

Before leaving Korea, he had earned the status of a Seventh-Degree Black Belt in karate and was nationally recognized as the country’s top swordsman, a skill that would one day save his life. Years later, he was working at a pharmacy in San Francisco when he was robbed at gunpoint. While opening the cash register, Roe got a hand on the robber and that was all he needed. With one hand pressuring a sensitive area in the man’s back, Roe phoned the police with the other.

Howard College became the place Dr. Roe would earn his American Pharmacy degree in 1965. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Huntington College with a triple major in English, Speech and Philosophy and a Master of Business Administration degree from Samford University. Interestingly, Dr. Roe’s Master’s Thesis utilized Statistical Analysis and the application of negative equations to determine that government spending causes inflation – a rather radical idea for 1967, but something we take for granted today. Dr. Roe received doctorate degrees in Pharmaceutics and Chemical Engineering from Seoul National University in 1981.

With his deep pharmaceutical knowledge and experience, Dr. Roe became an Instructor at Howard College’s Pharmacy School in 1964, one year prior to earning his American pharmacy degree. As a result of his military training, he became an Operator and Machinist for the South’s first cyclotron, located at Howard College, where he smashed atoms for academic and private-sector nuclear research. He passed the first North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) in 1971, but even more noteworthy, his students completed the same exam with an astounding 94.7% pass rate. The same year Roe became a tenured Associate Professor at Samford University and was later promoted to Professor. In 1996 Samford University honored Dr. Roe with the George Macon Memorial Award for outstanding performance as a teacher, counselor and friend who inspires greatness in students. He has also been presented with the Kappa Psi Faculty Service Award and the National Kappa Psi Award. In 2008, Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy established the Tea Sam Roe Pharmacy Fund endowed scholarship. He is the longest serving faculty member at Samford, having taught there for 43 years.

Dr. Roe created Samford University’s first curriculums in Nursing Home Pharmacy and Herbal Medicine. In the early 90s, he used his multi-lingual fluency to promote international relations through a clinical training observation exchange course between Samford University and Meijo University in Japan. 

Dr. Roe served as the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Grand Council Deputy for Samford’s Gamma Zeta Chapter for twenty-five years. Under his leadership the chapter became co-ed and went from a membership low of four members and significant financial debt to a Fraternity high membership of 130 brothers and a sound financial structure. 

Although first and foremost a teacher, Dr. Roe also spent three decades serving the citizens of Alabama through his work at the Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital, East End Memorial Hospital, UAB Hillman Hospital, Eastside Mental Health Clinic, and the American Cast Iron & Pipe Company Hospital. He also acted as a consultant to the Central Alabama branch of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Roe served on the Board of Directors for JCPA for nearly a decade.

He has written seven pharmacy textbooks and laboratory manuals and authored numerous peer-reviewed articles. He has presented papers at international pharmaceutical conventions on topics ranging from the use of ancient clay in modern tablet production, to new artificial sweetening agents, to the future use of superconductors as a dosage release system. His desire to advance the field of pharmaceutical mathematics led to the publication of Pharmacy Formulas: Over 500 Formulas for use in Pharmacy Practice. 

Dr. Roe has been a member of APA, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, APhA, AACP, and ACPE. Service also includes founding and leading the American Asian Cultural Foundation, an organization he created to promote artistic and cultural relations between Alabama and countries in Asia. He has been a benefactor to the Birmingham Museum of Art and has served as a consultant to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Robert Gerald Thomas

Jerry Thomas was born in a small town in South Georgia. He graduated pharmacy school at Auburn in 1966 and went to work for a man who had visited the school and had a job opening. Jerry had just bought a new car and had to make payments so off he went to Tuscaloosa to work for Jim Harrison. At the time, Mr. Harrison owned three drugstores and one apothecary in the Tuscaloosa area and Jerry worked as a pharmacist for him there. A few years later, Mr. Harrison opened his first out of town store in Auburn and Jerry managed it for him for the next six years. You see, Jerry had planned to take the job for just a few years and then move back to Georgia with his wife, but that isn’t what the good Lord had planned. The next move was back to Tuscaloosa instead where Jerry began to help Mr. Harrison setup new pharmacies across the state. They evolved into a team that simply put, had a magic touch. Despite their young ages of 33 and 23 in the beginning, they managed to build Harco Drugs from a business of four pharmacies to one of 154 pharmacies. This kind of growth took long hours and hard work. He and Mr. Harrison would work together on Saturdays going around the state and looking at pharmacies. As Jerry says, they were “blowing and going”, even taking over 26 Eckerd stores in one day. Jerry was promoted over the years to Director, Executive Vice-President and eventually President of Operations in 1993. When the company sold, Jerry Thomas was the only individual NOT NAMED HARRISON who had stock in the company. As Mr. Harrison put it, “Without Jerry Thomas, there would not have been 154 Harco drugstores.”

Through it all, Jerry worked to hire pharmacists he believed capable and set them up as the managers of their store. This was a revolutionary approach to management for pharmacy chains. Pharmacists who practiced at a Big B or Revco were treated as employees who worked for the corporation. But at Harco, Jerry Thomas had a different approach. He believed that allowing their pharmacists to make decisions, empowering them to be leaders, and treating everyone in the company as family would have its dividends…and he was right. Those who worked for him will be quick to tell you that working at Harco was the best job they ever had and Jerry Thomas was more than a boss - he was a friend. An example of this is a story shared by Buddy Bunch. Buddy’s son had started a neighborhood newspaper as a young boy. He would go to neighbors’ houses to collect news about new pets, babies being born, etc. Buddy shared this with Jerry one day in passing when Jerry was visiting the Harco that Buddy managed. A few days later, Buddy’s son received a letter from Jerry in the mail with a $20 bill and a note saying that Harco wanted to advertise in his paper. Jerry has a way of making those around him feel special and he is admired and respected by those who worked for him at Harco. As Jerry puts it, “Everyone worked like crazy, but we were family. We had a value system and it worked. There will never be another Harco – you couldn’t recreate it if you tried. But it was Camelot while it lasted. I was just blessed to be in the right place at the right time.”

Honors include being awarded the 1989 Bowl of Hygeia Award, the 1980 King Kourtesy Award by the Drug Travelers of Alabama; and the Lion’s Club Lion of the Year Award.

Jerry has been a member in numerous community and professional groups throughout his career. As a member of the Auburn Alumni Association, he served as President of the Tuscaloosa Chapter. Jerry is a leader in the Lions Club of Tuscaloosa and served as President in 1986-87 as well as serving as a Trustee for Judson College. He and his wife Marianne are longtime members of the First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa, where Jerry has taught Sunday School and serves as a Deacon. Jerry has also held a seat on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Effort and the Auburn Dean’s Advisory Council. He gives of his time generously and has traveled to Montana, New Orleans, Honduras, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic on mission trips. 

He and Marianne have raised twin sons and three daughters and reside in Tuscaloosa.

Wyatt Williams
Wyatt Williams was born February 8, 1930 and grew up in Donalsonville, GA where he claims he was “a country boy plucked right off the farm”. Twenty years his senior, Wyatt’s older brother Ralph was a major influence in Wyatt’s decision to pursue a career in pharmacy. Ralph opened a small apothecary and after graduating high school, Wyatt worked with him for two years before enrolling in pharmacy school. After graduating from Auburn in 1953 with a BS in Pharmacy, Wyatt worked at Barker Drug in Marion, Alabama. 

Wyatt deferred service but was drafted and served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957 in a hospital clinic in Germany. After returning from serving his country, Wyatt began working at a drug store in Albany, GA. It was there that Wyatt connected with an old friend, a sales representative who knew James Harrison, and he mentioned that Harrison was looking for a pharmacist to work in one of his stores in Tuscaloosa. 

In 1957, Wyatt married Betty Lawson and took a job with Harco Drugs. They moved to Tuscaloosa and Wyatt worked at the campus store (at that time there were only two). Wyatt later spent 17 years working at the Harco Drugs near the hospital and was appointed Harco’s Director of Pharmacy in 1977. Over the years, Harco grew to 154 stores statewide and was recognized as one of the most successful drug chains in the history of the industry before being sold to Rite Aid in 1997. 

Wyatt retired in 1995 but was always driven by the desire to help those less fortunate and decided his work wasn’t finished. Wyatt joined a team of clergy, doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and two or three pharmacists in 1998 who shared a dream to have a clinic for the underprivileged. With the support of these individuals, members of the community and local churches, the Good Samaritan Clinic opened its doors in Tuscaloosa. It was one of the first suppliers of free prescriptions registered with the State Board of Pharmacy. The clinic now cares for over 1,000 regular patients, and is a source of healthcare for those who would otherwise not be able to receive care.

In 1980, Governor Fob James appointed Wyatt to a five-year term on the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy, making him the first chain pharmacist to ever serve. He held the Academy Chair position on APA’s Board of Trustees and was instrumental in having 100 percent participation of Harco Drug pharmacists in APA membership. He has served as a member of the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce; Presenter at local schools educating students against the use of illegal drugs; and Sunday School teacher. Wyatt told APA in 2009 that utilizing his ability to help others has been his most significant accomplishment, especially his work at the Good Samaritan Clinic. 

His honors include the 1985 Auburn University Distinguished Alumni Award; the 2000 Shining Star Award for Outstanding Dedication and Commitment of Service; and the 2009 Bowl of Hygeia. 

Wyatt and Betty have raised two daughters and reside in Tuscaloosa. 
Herbert Clayton Batt

Herbert Batt, born in Hazel Green, AL, was a graduate of Howard College in 1953. After finishing his service with the Army in 1955, he returned to Huntsville to practice pharmacy and opened Batt’s Apothecary in 1958. Two other locations were later opened in Meridianville and Hazel Green. In addition, he established Convacare Patient Aid Center and Parenteral Home Health Services and was licensed as a nursing home consultant and a preceptor. Herbert cared deeply for his patients and employees and continually explored innovative ways to provide better care. What about the person who quickly wanted to stop into the apothecary and pick up their prescription refill? Batt answered that with two drive-through windows in 1964. In 1975, years before pharmacists were truly considering the assistance electronics could offer, Batt installed his computer and became one of the first in the state to maintain patient profiles.

He loved his profession and represented it on many platforms. He was a charter member of the Madison County Pharmaceutical Association, where he served as President and held other positions; a member of the Alabama Pharmaceutical Association, where he served as Vice-President, President, Trustee, and on various committees. Mr. Batt was so active as president of APA, it is recorded that an office had to be created for him in the Association’s building. He was a member of the National Association of Retail Druggists, serving on various committees; and a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, where he represented retail pharmacists on an ad hoc committee on sub-professions in Washington, D. C. He was an Adjunct Faculty Member of Auburn University School of Pharmacy and a member of the Samford University Pharmacy Advisory Board and was known for bringing young people to tour Samford and encouraging them to pursue a career in pharmacy. He was an active speaker advocating and representing pharmacy at local, state and national venues and was a member of the Speakers Bureau of APA and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  After witnessing years of lack of communication, Herbert formed the Alabama Medicaid Provider Liaison Council which became a primary tool to resolve differences between providers and the Medicaid agency. He also served on a subcommittee of the State Board of Public Health. He was a charter member of the planning committee for the “Annual Review of Modern Therapeutics” conference, a continuing education program for pharmacists, physicians and other healthcare professionals sponsored by the University of Alabama in Huntsville School of Primary Medical Care and remained an active member for many years. He was instrumental in establishing “Durable Medical Equipment” in Alabama, Tennessee and Oklahoma by serving as a consultant. 

In Madison County, he served on numerous boards of directors, including HELP Line (a North Alabama Crisis Services program), Treasurer of the Family Services Center, Hospitality House of Huntsville, Mental Health Association of Huntsville, Mental Health Association of Madison County, and Secretary of the Family Counseling Association. Herbert was a charter member of Lakewood Baptist Church, where his service included deacon, trustee, Sunday school teacher, and various committees. After retiring from pharmacy, he continued to practice his profession by serving as a pharmacist on numerous medical mission trips to Haiti and Honduras.

Awards honoring his contributions include the 1969 Bowl of Hygeia, the Alabama Pharmaceutical Association Service Award, the Auburn University Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Award for Exhibiting a High Standard of Leadership in Pharmacy Practice (1978), NARD Preceptor of the Year for the state of Alabama (1986), and receipt of a Resolution from the Alabama State House of Representatives commending him for outstanding professional and community service. [Inducted posthumously]

 

Samuel Terry Coker

Samuel Coker was born in rural Conecuh County November 29, 1926. Following high school graduation, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps. He was due to be shipped to Alaska, but developed pneumonia in Utah and was later sent to the Philippines. On the troop ship, he volunteered to join the Medical Corps and reached the rank of Corporal in the US Army Air Force from 1945-47. 

Thanks to the GI bill, he entered Alabama Polytechnic Institute in January 1948 and graduated with a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1951. His first job at Tucker Drugs in Dadeville was followed by work at People’s Drugs in Sylacauga. Sam completed his Master’s Degree in Pharmacology-Toxicology from Purdue in 1952 and began teaching at the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his Ph.D. from Purdue and was appointed Associate Professor of Pharmacology in the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy. 1955 brought a move to Kansas where he served as Associate Professor at the University of Kansas City in the Schools of Pharmacy and Dentistry. 

In May 1959, Sam was called and asked to interview for the Dean of API, School of Pharmacy. After completing the summer session at UKC, he returned to Auburn as Dean, becoming the youngest dean as well as the first born-and-bred Auburn pharmacy alum to lead the program. API became Auburn University soon after him taking the helm. Under his leadership, the curriculum was revamped to reflect changes in the pharmaceutical industry – specifically the fact that most pharmaceuticals were being manufactured in factories. The course of study was extended to five years in 1961 and reflected a new emphasis on clinical pharmacy. He is remembered as a dean who promoted student involvement in professional organizations and Charlie Thomas will tell you that Dean Coker was instrumental in helping him get Phi Lambda Sigma started. By 1966, Auburn’s School of Pharmacy boasted the largest enrollment of any pharmacy program in the southeast. Dean Coker served in this position until he stepped down in 1972 and became Professor of Pharmacology-Toxicology. He retired in 1992 as Professor Emeritus.

He served as President of the Auburn Kiwanis Club 1979-80; on the American Red Cross Lee County Board; Secretary/Treasurer of the Colleges and Boards of Pharmacy District V from 1973-1998; and the Alabama Diabetes Association Board. Dean Coker was a member of Sigma Xi – a scientific society; Rho Chi; Phi Delta Chi; Kappa Psi, the Alabama Pharmaceutical Association; and was listed in the Who’s Who of America. His honors include the Bowl of Hygeia Award as well as the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Auburn Alumni Association in 1993. [Inducted posthumously]

 

 2016 Inductee Biographies                                                                 

Joseph O. Dean, Jr.

Dr. Joe Dean graduated from Samford's Pharmacy School in 1962. He holds a master's degree from the University of Montevallo and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama.  In 1975 he joined the Samford faculty as director of professional affairs and pharmacy admissions. As Dean, he led the school through implementation of the entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy degree and two major renovations of the pharmacy school’s facilities. Dean retired from Samford University in 2006.  His awards include the Bowl of Hygeia, the ACA Deans Recognition Medal, APhA ASP Outstanding Dean Award, the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame, 2006 Health Care Hero - Educator, a Pellegrino Medal, and he was listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World 2012.   Dean served on the Alabama Commission on Pharmacy and was the inaugural Speaker of the APA House of Delegates; also serving as a 20-year trustee of APA. Most notably though, is not a medal trophy, but the influence this man has had on so many. The example he set has inspired many a student to become engaged in their profession and because of that, pharmacy is better.

Justice James A. Main
Jim Main graduated from Auburn University in 1968 and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy. Justice Main received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Alabama in 1972.  He currently serves the State of Alabama as an Associate Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. He has previously served as Judge of the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, Director of Finance, Senior Counsel to Governor Bob Riley, and Chief of Staff and Legal Advisor to Governor Fob James. His other public service includes terms as Anniston’s City Attorney, Lineville’s City Judge and as the City Attorney for Oxford, Alabama. He began his private law practice in Anniston in 1972. Justice Main is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American, Alabama, and Montgomery Bar Associations, Founding Fellow Alabama Law Foundation, Montgomery Chapter Inn of Court, Chair of the Dean’s Counsel for the Auburn School of Pharmacy, past-member of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, and APA President. Most notably he served two terms as president of the American Pharmaceutical Association. He has received many awards, including the Parke Davis Leadership Award; the Bowl of Hygeia; the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Auburn University School of Pharmacy; and the President’s Award from the American Society of Pharmacy and Law. 
Roland Julian Nelson
Roland Nelson graduated from Auburn University School of Pharmacy in 1964. He owned and operated Reynolds Drugs for 36 years. He and his late wife Katherine have two children and three grandchildren. In 2000, Roland implemented the Immunization Program and gave over 500 flu vaccinations yearly. He is an adjunct instructor to pharmacy students at both Samford and Auburn. He is involved in all Homewood Elementary schools with sponsorships and drug education. Roland is a member of APA, JCPA, NCPA, APhA, and the Auburn Alumni Association and served on the Alabama Board of Pharmacy, including one year as President. Roland Nelson is the recipient of numerous awards including the Merck Outstanding Achievement Award, the Mitch Rotholtz Presidents’ Award, the Knoll Innovative Pharmacist Award, DTA King Kourtsey Award, Auburn University School of Pharmacy Distinguished Pharmacist Award, and the 2007 Bowl of Hygeia. One of Roland’s largest contributions to pharmacy has been his mentorship of many who have gone on to be recognized leaders in their own right. 
Charles Clifford Thomas

Charlie Thomas is a 1965 graduate of the Auburn School of Pharmacy. He has owned Thomas Discount Drugs, been a pharmacy manager for Harco Drugs and served 18 years as the Pharmacy Director of the Alabama Department of Public Health. While a student at Auburn, Charlie founded Phi Lambda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership society. Phi Lambda Sigma recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and in 2011 it created the Charles Thomas Scholarship in honor of Charlie.  Charlie’s service record includes being a contributing author of “The Pharmacist in Public Health”, a member of the Board of Directors Alliance for Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, a member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Multistate Contracting Alliance for Pharmacy; President of the Alabama Board of Pharmacy; affiliate faculty for Auburn University School of Pharmacy and McWhorter School of Pharmacy. He is a past president of APA and Auburn School of Pharmacy Alumni Association.  He has chaired the APhA-APPM Community/Ambulatory Section, was elected Delegate to the House of Delegates, and was appointed a member of the APhA Strategic Directions Committee and APhA-PAC. Charlie is the recipient of the 1998 Bowl of Hygeia Award, Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame (2012); Linwood F. Tice Award for Leadership in National Student Programs; Fellow American Pharmaceutical Association; Phi Lambda Sigma Founders Award; ODK- National Leadership Society; NARD Pharmacy Leadership Award; Merck Pharmacy Leadership Award; Alabama Commission on Pharmacy Distinguished Service Award; and the Birmingham Retail Druggist Service Award. 

J. Miles Thomas

Miles Thomas graduated from Auburn University in 1955. As the owner and operator of Thomas Pharmacy in Opelika, Miles has served the Opelika community for more than 50 years. His contributions have included councilman, city commissioner and city council president all while working to improve and expand Opelika’s economic, cultural, and educational opportunities. He is an active member of APA and has served as its President and Vice President.  He has also served on the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy, and as Past-President of the Opelika City Council, Lee County Pharmaceutical Association, and the Auburn Pharmacy Association, Director of Central Bank, and a member of the National Association of Retail Druggists.  He has served on the advisory board of the Auburn University School of Pharmacy.  Mr. Thomas has been honored numerous times including awards for Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership, the Auburn Distinguished Alumni Award, NCPA Leadership Award, the A. H. Robins Community Service Award, and was the first Alabama recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia award in 1963.

Roy Albright
Roy Albright cofounded his first drug store in Mobile on the corner of Dauphin and Jackson streets and expanded the company in 1936 to consist of 21 stores in Mobile, Mississippi, and Florida.  Albright and Wood stores were sold to Eckerd Drugs in 1967. He served as President of APA and as President of the National Association of Chain Drugstores. He was a leader in the construction of the Dauphin Island Bridge, served as President of the Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Mobile County Board of Pensions and Security, and as Vice-President and Treasurer of the Mobile Carnival Association. In 1959, Mr. Albright was named “Mobilian of the Year.” [Inducted posthumously]
W.E. Bingham
W.E. Bingham served as the APA executive secretary from 1901 until his death in 1934, many of those years without pay. He was honored for his 33 years of service at the 52nd annual convention. Mr. Bingham served as President of APA from 1897-1899.  He also served as secretary to the Alabama Board of Pharmacy in 1924.  Mr. Bingham was honorary president of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy in 1932, an office purposefully created to honor him. [Inducted posthumously]
Lynn S. Blake
Lynn Blake was the first Dean of the Auburn School of Pharmacy after it became a pharmacy school rather than a Department of Chemistry School.  He served as Dean from 1941-1959. Upon his retirement, he had served as an Auburn faculty member for 46 years. [Inducted posthumously]
Woodrow Byrum
Woodrow Byrum served as Dean of the School of Pharmacy of Howard College beginning in 1952. During his almost 20-year tenure, Howard College relocated their campus in Homewood, instituted the mandatory 5-year curriculum, and became known as Samford University.  [Inducted posthumously]
A.W. Cawthon

A.W. Cawthon organized Cawthon-Coleman Company with his partner, A.R. Coleman in 1869 while the city of Selma was still under the control of Union troops. Cawthon was a medical chemist in the Confederate war effort and was instrumental in the distribution of medications across the state under war time conditions.  [Inducted posthumously]

Thelma Coburn
Thelma Coburn served as the APA Executive Secretary from 1938-1962.  A native of Birmingham, she was the third woman in the State’s history to serve in this capacity. She was appointed in 1938 and earned a salary of $25 per month until she retired in 1962. In her words she “opened up, swept up, and closed up” for 25 years. She propelled Alabama pharmacy leaders into prominence nationally by giving the voice of Alabama pharmacy the opportunity to be heard nationally. In 1930, she helped organize the Birmingham Retail Druggists Association, now known as the Jefferson County Pharmacy Association. [Inducted posthumously]
John Wesley Durr
John Wesley Durr, a Montgomery cotton farmer in the years just before the Civil War, was the corporate successor to DuBose and Mobile Drug. Durr Drug Company of Mobile organized  August 1, 1959 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Durr Drug Company of Montgomery. John Wesley Durr was its founder.  [Inducted posthumously]
E.P. Galt
Mr. Galt was a native of Selma, Alabama.  He served on the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy from its inception in 1887 as secretary until his death in 1923, a position he held for 36 years. He also served as President of the Alabama Pharmaceutical Association from 1893-1895.  [Inducted posthumously]
Elbert W. Gibbs
Elbert Gibbs, a native of Hanceville, Alabama moved to Birmingham in 1918 at the age of 25 to begin his career in pharmacy. By 1925, he owned Gibbs-Doster Drug Company and Tutwiler Drug Company.  Mr. Gibbs served as president of the Birmingham Retail Druggists Association and APA. He was secretary of the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy and president of the National Association of Retail Druggists; later being named honorary president of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. In 1967, he was named as secretary emeritus of the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy. [Inducted posthumously]
Malvin Goldstein
Malvin Goldstein received his pharmacy degree in 1951 from Samford University.  He was the co-owner of Crestline Pharmacy in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Goldstein was the recipient of the 1968 Service Trophy for his work on behalf of APA. He served a five-year term on the State Board of Pharmacy and seven years as APA treasurer.  He was also a member of JCPA, APhA, and the National Association of Retail Druggists.  [Inducted posthumously]
Lela Legare
Lela Legare, a native of Selma was the first female pharmacist to graduate from the Auburn School of Pharmacy under the four-year program in 1932. She was the most knowledgeable historian of pharmacy that Alabama has ever had. She received a Certificate of Commendation from the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy in 1974 for her contributions to the history of pharmacy in Alabama through her collecting, writing and speaking activities.  [Inducted posthumously]
Lawrence C. Lewis
Lawrence Lewis was a pharmacist, optometrist and the owner of Lewis Drug and Feed Store in Tuskegee for over 50 years.  He was a member of the State Board of Pharmacy for 30 years and served two terms as its President from 1920-1922.  Both APhA and APA made him a life member. He also served as secretary and treasurer of the Southeast Board of Pharmacy.  Mr. Lewis was the first Alabamian to be elected to a national pharmaceutical office.  He was the Past-President of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy in 1916. [Inducted posthumously]
J.W. McLane
J.W. McLane was a graduate of Howard College. He received his degree and pharmacy license in 1949 after serving in World War II. He worked for a year in an independent drug store before being called to serve in the Korean Conflict in December 1950. Upon his return, McLane worked at Dewberry Drug Company as a manager and later became President and owner of the company. Colonel McLane began his service for the United States of America when he enlisted in the Army as a Lieutenant. He served in World War II with the 22nd Infantry Division and was awarded the Bronze and Silver Stars for his heroic acts. He retired with 34 years of service.   He served 19 years as Executive Secretary of the Alabama Board of Pharmacy. During his term, the Board began licensing technicians; established rules for monitoring the use of newly allowed Generic Drugs; implemented consultations with new prescriptions; established Supervising Pharmacist regs and rules for interns and externs.  He was an avid member of the APA, APhA, JCPA, and NARD. J.W. McLane led his life by living out his beloved 22nd Infantry motto “deeds not words.”  [Inducted posthumously]
Paul Molyneux
Paul Molyneux was a graduate of Alabama Polytechnic Institute and was awarded a graduate scholarship in 1913.  He returned to API and finished there as a pharmaceutical chemist in 1914. His career spanned some 70 years. Mr. Molyneux served 13 years on the Alabama Board of Pharmacy. He served two terms each as president and as treasurer and was elected president of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy in 1941.  [Inducted posthumously]
Jack Mullins
Jack Mullins was a graduate of Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1949.  He was the director of customer relations for Walker Drug Company and a friend of pharmacy who greatly influenced success in many pharmacies through Walker Drug.  He served his country in the Army as a medic during World War II and was in all major conflicts, including the Battle of Ardennes and the Battle of the Bulge.  He is the recipient of the Bronze star in recognition of his heroic efforts to save lives on the battlefield. He received the Bowl of Hygeia Award in 1987.  [Inducted posthumously]
Barry O'Neal Shiflett
Barry Shiflett, an Auburn alumnus, offered a condensed course in pharmacy in Birmingham by opening his own school in 1919. Students from all over the country attended because of the daily laboratory work. In 1926, Shiftlett School was forced to close and Barry went on to serve as an instructor of pharmacy at Birmingham Southern College and later with Howard College. In 1932, he reopened his school for the purpose of offering refresher courses.  Mr. Shiflett along with his colleague Carl Whorton, were the first Alabama pharmacists to attend the house of delegates of the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1923.  [Inducted posthumously]
Sam J. Watkins
Sam Watkins served as president of the APA from 1936-1937. He was the first Alabamian to be elected president of the National Association of Retail Druggists in November of 1940.  [Inducted posthumously]

 

2015 Inductees                                                                 

Alabama Pharmceutical Association Founders 
Each of the fifteen founders of APA were inducted into the Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame upon the Hall of Fame's inception.

L.T. Bradfield
Philip Charles Candidus
J.E. Davis
John L. Davis
S.W. Gillespie
William Hoyt
J.W. Hughes
W.J. Hurd

Charles Mohr
C.M. Morrow
F.D. Nabers
Y.P. Newman
Hugo Plato
A.L. Stollenwerck
G.C. Stollenwerck
James R. Kuykendall

Mr. Kuykendall worked tirelessly as the Chair of the APA History Study Committee and on the compilation of the Profiles in Alabama Pharmacy book which was published in 1974 after three years of hard work. He used his off-days and went into each of the 67 counties where he talked with county historians, librarians, and pharmacists. This book provides the history of pharmacy in AL from the 1800s to the early 1970s and gives the reader a glimpse of how it all began. He was also instrumental in the formation of the pharmacy museum that APA owns and is operated by the Alabama Landmarks Foundation. Mr. Kuykendall helped to organize and serve as the first president of the DeKalb County Pharmaceutical Association. He was honored with APA’s Silver Goblet for Service and the Bowl of Hygeia. It is because of the tireless efforts of Mr. Kuykendall that we have a record of our profession and that history has been preserved. [Inducted posthumously]

Luania L. Thagard
A graduate of the University of Alabama, Luania Thagard was employed as the Executive Director of APA in January 1964. She took over the post in difficult times for the association. The VA Hometown Pharmacy Program contract had just been terminated and the Fair Trade Law that was passed in 1939 to prevent price baiting was declared unconstitutional by the Alabama Supreme Court. APA had a balance of $13,357, owned one desk, two file cabinets, an adding machine, and a typewriter and was operated out of the Birmingham Retail Druggists Association office in room 304 of the Thomas Jefferson Hotel in Birmingham. Upon her retirement in 1981, the office was housed in its own building purchased in 1973 located in Birmingham. The auditor’s report showed total assets at $385,807. It is because of Ms. Thagard’s years of service that APA is here and thriving today.[Inducted posthumously]

William W. Walker
Mr. Walker owned Walker Drug Company in Birmingham which was begun by his father in 1930 and he became the general manager in 1945. He is credited with developing a national reputation for the introduction of service and distribution innovations for the wholesale drug industry. He led Walker Drug Co. to become one of the nation’s largest, independent wholesale drug companies; Mr. Walker was instrumental in the start-up and success of many pharmacies throughout the state and in distribution of the polio vaccine in AL upon its release. Because of his support of both Auburn and Samford schools of pharmacy, he served on the advisory boards at both schools and was a contributor and member of the President’s Club at both universities. He has served on the boards of many health care related institutions including Carraway Methodist Medical Center, SOS Foundation, Industrial Health Council, and Druggists Service Council. He was a past president of JCPA, Southern Drug Club, and the first Alabamian to be President of the National Wholesale Druggists Association. He received the Bowl of Hygeia, APA Service Trophy, Phi Lambda Sigma Alabama Pharmacy Leadership Award, and J. Leon Lascoff Award. [Inducted posthumously]

 John P. Beasley
Mr. Beasley is a 1955 graduate of Auburn University. He served in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve from 1953-1960. His professional career has included serving as a president of APA and the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy. With a desire to make a difference, he served as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives from 1984-1994 and was elected to the Legislative Council and as Chairman of the Business and Labor Committee. In his community, Mr. Beasley has served in the Scottish Rite, on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Columbia, as the Director of the Chamber of Commerce for Dothan, as a Shriner, and as a Worshipful Master in the Masonic Lodge. He has been an Eagle Scout, a Deacon, a Sunday School teacher, and a past president of the Lion’s Club. Mr. Beasley has been honored with the Auburn Distinguished Alumni Award, the Bowl of Hygeia, and is an inductee in the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame.

 Anthony J. Brooklere

Mr. Brooklere was born and reared in Birmingham. He graduated from Auburn in 1958 and has been practicing pharmacy for over 56 years. He and his wife, Sara Jean, have two children, both pharmacists. He and Johnny own and operate Brooklere Pharmacy and Adamsville Pharmacy.

Mr. Brooklere has held multiple offices in APA including President and is also the past president of the JCPA. He has served on the Advisory Council for Auburn University’s School of Pharmacy as well as the State Board of Pharmacy, including a year as President. He is a founding member and past President of APCI. He is a charter member of the Forestdale Lions Club with 53 years of perfect attendance. His military service is filled with honors including membership in the Scabbard and Blade National Military Honor Society and as an Honor Graduate of the School of Military Medicine and Surgery. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in Army Artillery and Guided Missiles, he also served as Assistant Commander of Brooke Army Medical Center in TX. Mr. Brooklere has been elected to the Adamsville City Council, served as Mayor Pro Tem of Adamsville, and is a Past President of the Forestdale Merchants Association.

Mr. Brooklere has been honored numerous times including awards for Industry of the Year, Auburn Distinguished Alumni, APA Service, Phi Lambda Sigma Alumni Leadership, Lions Club Community Service, Melvin Jones Fellowship for Dedicated Humanitarian Service, Lions International Key Member, Lou Columbo Community Service, and the Bowl of Hygeia.

 James I. Harrison, Jr. 
Mr. Harrison was born and raised in Tuscaloosa. He accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of AL. After two years there, he transferred to Howard College to study pharmacy. In May 1956, he graduated with honors with memberships in Rho Chi, Kappa Psi, and ODK. Returning to Tuscaloosa, he began work with his father in the family’s drug store, Central Drug, in the heart of downtown Tuscaloosa. Soon a second store would be purchased on the U of A campus which he managed. In 1967 Mr. Harrison founded Harco Drug and initiated the growth and expansion of one of Alabama’s most remarkable retail operations. From the corporate office in Tuscaloosa, Harco grew to 153 stores in AL, MS and FL. In August of 1997, Harco merged with the Rite Aid Corporation. Through the years, Mr. Harrison has received so many honors, it is only possible for us to share a few. He is an inductee of the Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame; the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame; and the Alabama Business Hall of Fame. He has received the Samford University Lifetime Service Award and Distinguished Service Award; Citizen of the Year Award by the Tuscaloosa Civitan Club, Tuscaloosa Area Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, the NACDS Sheldon W. Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award, the APA Distinguished Service Award, the Auburn University Distinguished Service Award, the Governor’s Volunteerism Award, the Bronze Oak Wreath Award, the Pharmacist Achievement Award by Merck, and the National Human Relations Award by the American Jewish Committee, just to name a few. 

He has been named Employer of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Man of Achievement, Family of the Year, and Retailer of the Decade. 37th street in Tuscaloosa has been re-named for him and they celebrated April 5, 1990 as Jimmy Harrison Day in Tuscaloosa and Northport. He is a philanthropist to many deserving causes including the Catholic Church, the United Way, the University of Alabama, Rural Infant Stimulation, DCH Cancer Center, and most notably to this group, he established the James I. Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University. Mr. Harrison and his wife, Peggy, have been married for 61 years and are extremely devoted to their five children and fifteen grandchildren.


 Charles E. Prickett
Mr. Prickett is a 1961 graduate of Auburn University. He and his wife, Shirley of 56 years, have raised three children (two pharmacists and a nurse). He is currently the owner of two pharmacies and is one of the original founders of APCI and signed their Articles of Incorporation. He has served three terms as APCI’s president and as a board member for 30 years. Mr. Prickett has held many leadership offices in APA including Trustee, Speaker, and President. JCPA also benefitted from his leadership as Director, Treasurer and President. He has served as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor for Samford MSOP in past years. Honors bestowed upon him include the APA King Kourtesy Award, the Bowl of Hygeia, Samford’s Preceptor of the Year, Phi Lambda Sigma’s National Leadership Award, and Auburn’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. His efforts to give back aren’t limited to his professional work, including his work with the Jefferson County Health Planning Commission, Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce, Sertoma Club as a Troop Leader and Cub Scout Master, Eastern Valley Community Center, Aldridge Gardens, Hoover Historical Association, Fairfield Highlands Methodist Church, Shades Mountain Baptist Church, 56 years as a Mason in Flint Hill Masonic Lodge, and his governor appointment to the Alabama Historic Iron Works Commission.

 James O. Walker
Mr. Walker graduated from Auburn in1957 and began work carrying on the legacy at Walker Drug Company with his father. He has served in numerous leadership roles in his community including President of the Birmingham Better Business Bureau, Secretary of the Birmingham Kiwanis Club, Sunday School teacher to 5 year olds at Canterbury Methodist Church, and Board member for Carraway Methodist Hospital for fifteen years. Due to the substantial support of his family, the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy building was named the Walker building. Mr. Walker was honored with the 2010 Bowl of Hygeia Award and the 2002 APA President’s Special Achievement Award. He retired in 2003 but has never stopped working for the profession of pharmacy. He holds a special place in his heart for students and has led the APA Scholarship Endowment Fund efforts since its inception in 2012. This committee has a goal to raise one million dollars to ensure the ability of APA to assist deserving students with their financial expenses of pharmacy school. One must only be in his presence for a short time to recognize his love for pharmacy and those who practice it.

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Nomination Information

Candidates for induction into the APAPHOF should, by their work and accomplishments, have brought honor to the profession of pharmacy. These are individuals who clearly standout from the mainstream.

Selection Criteria:
Nominee must be currently or previously engaged in the field of pharmacy in Alabama for a significant period of time. The significant period of time should include the majority of the nominee’s career. 

Contributions by the nominee must distinguish them from the mainstream of others working in pharmacy. This can be demonstrated through exceptional achievement over the life of their career in pharmacy or an exceptional act during their career, or both.

For individuals who qualify for APA membership:
Membership in APA is required for a minimum of 25 years or 80% of the years the nominee has been/was associated with pharmacy. 

For individuals who do not qualify for APA membership:
Nominees who have made a significant contribution to the profession of pharmacy in Alabama but do not qualify for membership in APA can be considered for induction five years after their death. Exceptions to this criterion can be considered by the Awards Committee but will only be granted in extreme cases. Any nominees granted induction by this measure shall have received a unanimous vote for induction by the Awards Committee.

The nomination form should be accompanied by a letter from the nominator describing in detail, the accomplishments of the nominee including education, positions held, appointments and other significant and relevant information. 

A minimum of three and not more than five letters of support should accompany the nomination packet. Other materials such as newspaper, magazine and other media information may also be included.

The deadline for nomination submission is March 31 of each year.

Questions regarding the nomination process or the Pharmacy Hall of Fame should be directed to Louise Jones, Executive Director, APA at Ljones@aparx.org or 334-271-4222.

The candidate nomination materials should be forwarded to:

APAPHOF
1211 Carmichael Way
Montgomery, AL 36106

or Email: Ljones@aparx.org

 
 
 
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