Winners of the Fischelis Award

Metta Lou Henderson

2021 – Metta Lou Henderson

AIHP’s Board of Directors has awarded the 2021 AIHP Robert P. Fischelis Award to Metta Lou Henderson, PhD, for her extraordinary contributions to the Institute and the field of pharmacy history. The Board’s citation hailed Dr. Henderson’s work for helping to remedy the insufficient attention prior historians had given to the role of women in the pharmacy profession

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AIHP Secretary Robert Buerki

2020 – Robert Buerki

AIHP’s Board of Directors awarded the 2020 AIHP Robert P. Fischelis Award to Robert Buerki, PhD, RPh, for his extraordinary contributions to the Institute and the field of pharmacy history. AIHP’s Board of Directors cited the key role he played in the creation of the George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy, AIHP’s host institution.

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2019 AIHP Fischelis Award Recipient George Griffenhagen

2019 – George B. Griffenhagen

In bestowing the Fischelis Award on Mr. Griffenhagen, AIHP’s Board of Directors cited his decades of support of the Institute and his many contributions to the field of the history of pharmacy. AIHP’s Board of Directors particularly hailed his active leadership role at the Institute for more than fifty years. The following is a chronology of the leadership positions he held:

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2018 – University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy

For its decades of support for the AIHP and its contributions to the field of the history of pharmacy. In presenting the award to Steven M. Swanson, PhD, Dean of the UW School of Pharmacy, AIHP Executive Director Gregory Higby noted that “the Institute could not have existed over the past 77 years without the active and ongoing support of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy.”

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AIHP Treasurer Lou Vottero

2016 – Louis D. Vottero

For his tireless work to secure the financial future of the Institute as AIHP Treasurer from 1979 to 2010.


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AIHP COVID-19 ProjectThe American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is documenting and preserving pharmacy stories and experiences during the COVID-19 global pandemic for the benefit of future historians and scholars. We seek to record the effects of this public health emergency on all types of pharmacy experiences. We invite you to share your pharmacy stories, photos, videos, artifacts, and other documentation of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.


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