Be Active, Shape Your Future, and Demonstrate Leadership for Others Following in Your Path

in Letters to a Young Pharmacist
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Harold is so passionate about pharmacy that in addition to his almost 50 years in practice, teaching, and academic leadership, he has continually given his personal time to professional organizations as well as residency training and teaching pharmacy students. What is remarkable about Harold is that he has always been able to step back and view issues from the perspective of the whole profession, not just as a hospital/health-system pharmacist. He has rarely missed a national or state professional meeting, continues to be an instrumental part of whatever change is occurring (preferring not to be a victim), and continues to seize opportunities. His professional commitment is evidenced by his serving as president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the American Council of Pharmacy Education (now known as the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, or ACPE), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and Chair of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS). In his 1991 Harvey A.K. Whitney Award Lecture, he outlined the converging paths leading to the development of pharmaceutical care, which moves pharmacists into direct patient care. He also recently received the profession’s APhA Remington Award.

Harold received his bachelor of science in pharmacy degree at the University of Kansas and his master of science degree from The Ohio State University. He completed a residency at The Ohio State University Hospitals. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Kansas, School of Pharmacy.

Harold ends his letter with excellent advice: a successful career is not a destination, but it is the journey to success that is so very rewarding.