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Godwin earns pharmacy's top honor

Monday, January 22, 2018

After more than 50 years of service to the pharmacy profession, Professor Emeritus Harold Godwin has earned the Remington Honor Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). 

Godwin graduated from the KU School of Pharmacy in 1964. He returned to the school 47 years ago and has served for much of his time here as associate dean for clinical and medical center affairs. He retired in 2017.

Godwin was selected to receive the 2018 Remington Honor Medal, widely considered the profession’s most prestigious award, in recognition of a “career of advocacy for the entire pharmacy profession on the national, state and local level,” according the announcement from APhA.

In addition to numerous board of director positions, Godwin served as president of both the APhA in 2010 and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in 1982.  He also served as President of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) from 1992-1996.

The Remington Honor Medal, named for community pharmacist, manufacturer and educator Joseph P. Remington, was established in 1918.

The only other person at the University of Kansas to earn the Remington Honor Medal was Professor Takeru Higuchi, known as the father of physical pharmacy. KU School of Pharmacy Dean Ken Audus said Godwin has entered an elite group.

“It’s not an easy group to get into, and I can think of no one more deserving of that honor than Harold,” Audus said. “We are all extremely proud of him, and we thank him for everything he has done over the years to bring recognition and honor to the profession and to the KU School of Pharmacy.”

A number of Godwin’s peers nominated him for the award. Nomination letters described him as a diplomat for pharmacy and likened him to the award’s namesake.

“Just as Joseph P. Remington had a varied career as a community pharmacist, manufacturer, and educator, Harold N. Godwin has had a distinguished career as a hospital pharmacist, academician, author and leader,” one nomination letter read.

Godwin’s was named an APhA Fellow in 2010 and earned the organization’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Hospital and Institutional Practice in 2000. In 1991, he received the American Society of Health System Pharmacists’ highest honor, the Harvey A.K. Whitney Award. He was named Pharmacist of the Year in 1982 and 2010 by the Kansas Pharmacists Association.

Godwin earned his pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas and his Master of Science in Hospital Pharmacy from the Ohio State University. He will be recognized in Nashville this spring, during the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition.

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