The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) named Ralph L. Saroyan ’64, Pharm BS, of Stockton, CA, as the 2014 recipient of the APhA Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award. Saroyan was selected in recognition of his exceptional leadership and mentorship throughout his fifty-year career.
“Although this award recognizes me for leadership & mentoring, I feel that I am the one who has been truly blessed by all those students and brothers who have touched my life,” said Saroyan. I thank APhA for this humbling recognition.I thank the Brothers of Phi Delta Chi Fraternity for nominating me. And most importantly, I thank all the pharmacy students and pharmacist who have enriched my life & my career,” he added.
The award, named for the noted pharmacy leader and former APhA staff member Gloria Niemeyer Francke, was established in 1993 to recognize an individual who has promoted and encouraged pharmacists to attain leadership positions through example, acting as a role model and mentor. Saroyan will be officially recognized during the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, March 28-31, 2014. The APhA awards and honors program is the most comprehensive recognition program in the profession of pharmacy.
Saroyan retired from the University of the Pacific in 2002, where he most recently served as Assistant to the Dean and Director of Pacific’s Pre-Health programs. During his faculty years, Ralph taught, advised and mentored more than 3,000 Pacific students. A dedicated servant leader, he served as Grand President of the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity for eight years and was the inaugural Chairman of the Board for its Foundation. Saroyan’s service has been recognized by his receiving of the Linwood F. Tice Friend of APhA-ASP Award and the California Pharmacist of the Year Award and through his induction into the California Pharmacists Association Hall of Fame. He received his Pharm BS from Pacific.
A colleague commented, “Ralph is a sterling example of what it means to be a pharmacist leader and mentor. With his enthusiasm for the profession and focus on developing the next generation of leaders, Ralph has fostered the professional and leadership development of student pharmacists and practitioners nationwide.” His work at Pacific, with Phi Delta Chi, and with the Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute “has made a positive impact on the lives of so many people.”
Another colleague mentioned, “I have benefited immeasurably by having Ralph as a role model. He didn’t just talk about students being the future of pharmacy; he modeled it in positive ways. He sustained their pipe-dreams and enthusiasms, which allowed future professionals and leaders to test themselves. Even if the pipe-dreams didn’t work, Ralph used them as learning opportunities. His success is measured by the hundreds of students who are now innovative practitioners and will become pharmacy’s leaders of tomorrow.”
To view a clip of his award acceptance, click here.
About the American Pharmacists Association
The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States. www.pharmacist.com.
Re-printed with permission from The American Pharmacists Association.