Greg Higby Elected APhA Honorary President

Greg Higby Teaching
Greg Higby (left) teaching the history of pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy in Rennebohm Hall

The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy congratulates Greg Higby on his recent election as the American Pharmacists Association’s Honorary President for 2021–22! Higby, the former AIHP Executive Director (1987-2018), is currently the Institute’s Fischelis Scholar. APhA confers the title of Honorary President “upon a member who has made significant contributions to the association.” Higby will be installed as APhA Honorary President at the 168th APhA Annual meeting in Los Angeles, California. Read the full APhA election results.

An internationally-recognized expert about the History of Pharmacy, Higby has authored and edited 11 books and written more than 60 articles, essays, and pamphlets on various aspects of the history of American pharmacy practice, pharmacy education, and similar topics. In addition to serving as AIHP’s Executive Director for 31 years, Higby was also the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy in History from 1988-2018, during which time he oversaw the publication of 111 issues of AIHP’s academic journal. As the Institute’s Fischelis Scholar, he helps to curate and organize AIHP’s historical collections.

Higby began teaching the History of Pharmacy class at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy in 1984 and has since taught the subject to generations of UW pharmacy students. He continues to teach the course in his semi-retirement and also serves as the UW School of Pharmacy’s Senior Curator.

Higby joins an illustrious list of honorees from AIHP and the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy who have served as APhA’s Honorary President/Honorary Chairman of the Board, including Edward Kremers (1933–34), Arthur Uhl (1971–72), Glenn Sonnedecker (1985–86), George Griffenhagen (1990–91), and August Lemberger (1996–97).

Higby earned his BS in Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan in 1977, and he then received his MS (1980) and PhD (1984) in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he studied the History of Pharmacy under the direction of Glenn Sonnedecker.

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