The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is pleased to announce two 2019 Certificate of Commendation recipients: Gloria Hartman Doughty and Alvin J. Schalow. Doughty, a pharmacist from Lexington, Kentucky, is recognized for her development and establishment of the Kentucky Renaissance Pharmacy Museum. Schalow is honored for numerous activities, including his creation of “‘Doc’ Schalow’s Medicine Wagon Show,” his role in creating Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy’s video series overviewing the history of pharmacy, the organization of two public museums in Virginia, and the establishment of the Alvin J. Schalow, Jr., Scholarship at VCU.
AIHP awards Certificates of Commendation to recognize “endeavors that show evidence of considerable effort, ingenuity, and significance to the history of pharmacy or the promotion thereof.” Doughty and Schalow were nominated for Certificate of Commendations by AIHP member Marianne Rollings, and the AIHP Awards Committee voted unanimously to recognize their contributions to the history of pharmacy.
Doughty founded the Kentucky Renaissance Pharmacy Museum located in Lexington, Kentucky (in an area known as Lexington’s “Drug Store Corner” since the late 1700s). The museum showcases the pharmacy profession and is the leading pharmacy history related organization in Kentucky, preserving important artifacts, books, and documents. She remains active in the administration of the museum to ensure continued understanding of the history of pharmacy in Kentucky. Doughty has also instilled the appreciation of the history of pharmacy in generations of student pharmacists as a teacher and mentor at the University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy.
Schalow’s performances of “‘Doc’ Schalow’s Medicine Wagon Show” entertain audiences throughout Virginia, where he uses theatrics and humor to explain the evolution of safe and effective medicine in the United States. He also plays an instrumental role in the VCU School of Pharmacy’s production of videos that provide an overview of the history and development of pharmacy and the pharmacy profession. Schalow has also worked to preserve the history of pharmacy in Virginia by helping to organize the Tarrant Pharmacy Museum in Richmond and the (under development) Heritage Trail Pharmacy Museum at the VCU . Schalow has established the Alvin J. Schalow Jr. Scholarship at the VCU School of Pharmacy to support Pharm.D students with a demonstrated interest in the preservation of the history of pharmacy.
Congratulations to the winners for their important contributions to the history of pharmacy! Learn more about AIHP’S Certificate of Commendation program.
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