Director, American Institute of the History of Pharmacy
1406 Rennebohm Hall
Gregory earned a B. S. in Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan in 1977. After 9 months in practice as a pharmacist, he returned to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving an M. S. in Pharmacy (1980) and a Ph.D. in Pharmacy (1984). He did his graduate work in the history of pharmacy under Glenn Sonnedecker. From 1984 to 1986, he served as a research associate at the UW, teaching the then required history of pharmacy course (Pharmacy 401) and serving as the Assistant Director of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy. In 1986, he became the Associate Director of the Institute, which is American pharmacy's historical society, founded at the UW in 1941. In 1987, he became Acting Director of the Institute, and full-time Director in 1988. In this capacity, he serves as Editor of Pharmacy in History, the quarterly journal of the Institute.
Dr. Higby's honors include election to the International Academy of the History of Pharmacy (1991) and the Edward Kremers Award for pharmaco-historical writing of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy (1995).
His professional activities include serving as a delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Pharmaceutical Association (1986-), a member of the historical subcommittee of the Advisory Committee on the Food and Drug Administration (1988-90), a consultant to the Smithsonian (1988), a consultant to the Lake County Museum (1989), an invited participant to the 2nd and 3rd Pharmacy in 21st Century Conferences (1989, 1994), a member of the Publicity Committee, Pharmacy World Congress '91 (1990-91), a member, general advisory board, Pharmaceutical Products Press (1991-), a consultant to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (Centennial celebration planning) (1992-1999), a grant reviewer, National Endowment for the Humanities (1993-), a member, Sesquicentennial Advisory Committee, American Pharmaceutical Association (1995-96), a member, Remington Honor Medal Screening Committee, American Pharmaceutical Association (1995), manuscript reviewer for JAMA (1995-), and member, Program Committee, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (1998-1999).
Dr. Higby's invited lectures include: "The History of American Pharmacy: An Overview," at Centennial Celebration of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, 9 October 1992; "The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy and Public Outreach in the United States," International Congress for the History of Pharmacy, Heidelberg, 1993; "The History of the American Drugstore," David L. Cowen Lecture in the History of Pharmacy at Rutgers University, 1994; "William Procter, Jr., as Professional Icon," Edward Kremers Award Address, Orlando, 1995; "Pharmacy in the Atomic Age," Keynote at Annual Meeting of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, Minneapolis, 1997; "The Early Years of the United States Pharmacopoeia," History of Medicine Associates, Little Rock, 1997.
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