2011 Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Gregory J. Higby, BSPharm’77, MSPharm, PhD
Gregory J. Higby, BSPharm’77,MSPharm, PhD, is director of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy in Madison, Wis. The Institute is American pharmacy’s historical society, founded at the University of Wisconsin (UW) in 1941. Higby has been affiliated with the Institute since 1984, initially as a research associate at the UW College of Pharmacy. There, he taught the then-required history of pharmacy course, while serving as the Institute’s assistant director. In 1986, he became the associate director of the Institute and, in 1987, was appointed acting director. He became the full-time director in 1988. As director, he is editor of Pharmacy in History, the Institute’s quarterly journal.
Higby has received many professional accolades including election to the International Academy of the History of Pharmacy and the Edward Kremers Award for pharmaco-historical writing. His portfolio of professional achievements is extensive. He has been a delegate to the American Pharmaceutical Association’s (APhA) House of Delegates since 1986, an appointee to the Food and Drug Administration’s historical subcommittee, a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution, a member of APhA’s Remington Honor Medal Screening Committee, and a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association since 1995. He has also written extensively about wide-ranging issues related to the evolution of ethical pharmacy in the United States.