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Daniel A. Hussar Named 2017 Remington Honor Medal Recipient, Highest Honor in Pharmacy
Written by Jenna Pizzi
Published on March 28, 2017
Read a congratulatory letter from G. Victor Rossi P’51, MS’52, PhD on Dr. Hussar's honor below.
Daniel A. Hussar, Ph.D., of Newtown Square, PA, is the recipient of the 2017 Remington Honor Medal, the profession's highest honor awarded by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Dr. Hussar was selected in recognition of his numerous contributions to, and impact on, the pharmacy profession and patient care.
The award was presented to Dr. Hussar by Jean-Venable "Kelly" Goode, the APhA president, during the APhA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA on March 26, 2017.
For 51 years as an educator at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences, Dr. Hussar has committed to keeping the pharmacy profession on point with the changing health care needs of America through his personal and professional activism.
“I am thrilled and humbled in being selected as the recipient of this honor,” Dr. Hussar said, thanking Dr. John Gans, who nominated him for the award. “I am very appreciative of what I continue to learn from my students and colleagues, and how they inspire me to do my best in my professional responsibilities.”
As one colleague noted, “Dr. Hussar has become the conscience of the profession and the authoritative source on new medications to pharmacists, physicians, and nurses. He has consistently sought to raise the profile of the pharmacy profession and has accomplished this by challenging us to find better ways to contribute to American health care.”
Known for his humanity, being a great teacher, his strength of character, his exceptional personal and professional reputation, and his willingness to address controversial issues facing the profession, Dr. Hussar has shaped and molded over 10,000 student pharmacists as a professor.
“I can think of no one more deserving than Dr. Hussar to receive the highest award in pharmacy,” said Lisa Lawson, PharmD, Dean of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. “The impact that he has had on the profession is immense and his professional and personal attributes are keystones for the students and alumni.”
Dr. Hussar also has publications and presentations that overwhelm in number, quality, and diversity. His peers refer to his published work as “timely, fearless, and provocative” on current professional issues facing pharmacists.
The Remington Honor Medal, named for eminent community pharmacist, manufacturer, and educator Joseph P. Remington, was established in 1918 to recognize distinguished service on behalf of American pharmacy during the preceding years, culminating in the past year or during a long period of outstanding activity or fruitful achievement. Remington was a graduate of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and also served as professor of theory and practice and director of pharmaceutical laboratory and the school's dean.
Dr. Hussar was officially recognized during the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, CA, March 26, 2017. APhA’s Awards and Honors Program is the most comprehensive recognition program in the profession of pharmacy.
Dr. Hussar’s peers regard him as the embodiment of all that the Remington Honor Medal stands for as he consistently advocates for the profession while also challenging pharmacists to always keep the patient at the forefront of their work. As one of his nominators noted, “Dr. Hussar is a paragon of professionalism in pharmacy. He has impacted the professional thinking and attitudes of practitioners in all corners of the nation as well as abroad through his thoughtful and thought provoking editorials and speeches.”
Dr. Hussar has served in a number of capacities within pharmacy and community organizations, including as APhA Honorary President from 2012-13, a member of the APhA Board of Trustees from 1977-79, a member of the APhA House of Delegates since 1971, a member of the World Vision United States Board of Directors from 1999-2007, a member of the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International Board of Directors from 2005-2014, president of the Drug Information Association from 1977-1978, president of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association from 1975-1976, and various roles on the Delaware County Christian School’s Board of Trustees, including six years as president.
In addition to spending his entire career at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences, this is also where Dr. Hussar completed his education. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy in 1962 and his Master of Science degree in 1964. In 1967, Dr. Hussar concluded his formal education with his Ph.D.
During his career, Dr. Hussar's areas of teaching responsibility focused around therapeutics topics, new drugs, nonprescription drug therapy, patient safety, drug interactions, patient adherence, smoking cessation, issues in pharmacy practice, and pharmacy ethics.
Dr. Hussar and his wife Suzanne, also a pharmacist, have been married for 49 years. They have been blessed with three sons and their wives (Eric and Terra, Christopher and Carmen, Timothy and Cristina) and nine grandchildren.
by G. Victor Rossi P’51, MS’52, PhD, Abramson Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology
Daniel A. Hussar P'62, MS’64, PhD’67 was awarded the Remington Honor Medal at the March 2017 meeting of the American Pharmacists Association in San Francisco. The Remington Medal, the profession's most prestigious award for pharmacists in the United States, was established "to recognize distinguished service on behalf of American pharmacy during the preceding year, culminating in the past year, or during a long period of outstanding activity or fruitful achievement."
Given the length and scope of Dr. Hussar's contributions and service to the profession, this honor is eminently well deserved and, on behalf of all who have been enriched by association with him, we extend our appreciation and sincere congratulations.
What a gift to humanity to influence positively the life of a single individual. One can only imagine, during a half-century of service and caring, how many lives have been directed for the better by Daniel Hussar. Along the rigorous road to graduation some students, often through circumstances beyond their control, falter and stumble. For many facing the anguish of apparent defeat, it was Dr. Hussar who extended a compassionate hand, provided guidance and wise counsel, and set them back on the path to self-esteem and success. Through his personal code of conduct, words, actions and genuine interest in all he encounters, he has defined, for generations of aspiring young men and women, the true meaning of the term "professional."
Dr. Hussar has been aptly characterized by one of his colleagues as the "conscience of the profession." Through his guest lectures, extensive publications, continuing education presentations, clear and concise reviews of new drugs, newspaper and television interviews, and other venues, his positive influence has extended across the entire spectrum of health care providers and consumers.
Dan is fortunate in having a large personal support group. Accompanying him to San Francisco for this accolade was the full contingent of Hussars, including his wife, Suzanne P’67, also a pharmacist, three sons and their wives, Eric P’98, MD, and Terra, MD, Christopher and Carmen, Timothy and Christina, and all nine grandchildren, with even the most recent (6 months young) not left behind. A full house of loud cheers and applause.
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