About the Award

The Osterhaus Medal for Lifetime Achievement is presented annually to one or more individuals who have made extraordinary achievements in the pharmacy profession. This medal is a pinnacle award given by the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, for a recipient who has advanced the practice of pharmacy in profound ways or made significant strides in discovery.

The award is named for both Robert and Ann Osterhaus, of Maquoketa, Iowa.  Robert Osterhaus helped transform pharmacy practice and patient care in Iowa and in our nation. His business, Osterhaus Pharmacy, is a leading community rotation site for the UI College of Pharmacy and has earned national recognition for its patient-centered approach and emphasis on the pharmacist's role in health care.

Osterhaus has received many state, national, and international awards, including the American Pharmacists Association Remington Medal, the highest recognition given in the profession of pharmacy. He also served four terms in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, contributing his perspective as a health care professional and shaping legislative initiatives like the HAWK-I insurance plan for children from low-income families.

In May 2012, Osterhaus received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Iowa.

2021 Osterhaus Medal for Lifetime Achievement Recipient

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Thomas Ho

Tom Ho received his PhD from the UI College of Pharmacy in 1970 in the Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry program under major professor Joseph Cannon. Ho also holds a chemistry degree from Central College in Pella, Iowa. His pharmaceutical career began when a position became available at Fort Dodge Labs in the Department of Formulation/Analytical Labs based on a recommendation from former Associate Dean John Lach.

In 1985, a start-up company named Watson Labs wanted to set up the company in Southern California. Ho was one of the groups of employees hired to lay out the groundwork. Initially, with internal product development and along the way. the acquisition of products and other small pharmaceutical companies, Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. expanded from an empty building into a campus of five buildings. The company went public in 1993 and continued growing to become one of the leading pharmaceutical companies engaged in the development, manufacturing, and distribution of generic and branded generic products. Ho retired in 2000 but remained with Watson as a consultant until 2005.

Ho met his wife, Hedy, at the UI College of Pharmacy in 1966. She was enrolled in the master's degree residency program in hospital pharmacy with a grant from the Pharmaceutical Service Division under John Lach and Associate Professor Emeritus Ting-Fong Chin. The couple resides in Irving, California.

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Randy Juhl

Randy Juhl is a distinguished service professor emeritus and dean emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. A native of Forest City, Iowa he received an AA from Waldorf University in 1968 and a BS, MS, and PhD in pharmacy from the University of Iowa in 1972, 1974, and 1976 respectively. Juhl began his career with academic appointments at Ferris State University where he served as an assistant professor and director of the school's clinical pharmacy programs. 

In 1979, he moved to the University of Pittsburgh to serve as chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, and in 1986, he was named dean of the School of Pharmacy, a position he held for 16 years until 2002. In 2002, Juhl left the deanship and joined the University of Pittsburgh's senior leadership as vice chancellor for Research Conduct and Compliance. Juhl's research included the effects of disease states and other conditions on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs. He has authored or co-authored over 70 manuscripts, abstracts, and books on these related topics.

Juhl served as president of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science in the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1992-1993. He chaired the newly created FDA advisory committee on non-prescription drugs from 1992-196. In 1998, Juhl was appointed chairman of the Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee for the FDA. Juhl was honored as a distinguished alumnus of both Waldorf College (1995) and the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy (2000). The University of Pittsburgh named Juhl its Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacy in 2008, the first to be so honored in the School of Pharmacy's 130-year history.


Previous Osterhaus Medal for Lifetime Achievement Recipients

2019 Osterhaus Medal for Lifetime Achievement Recipients

Lyle Bighley, '63 MS, '66 PhD
Dennis Helling, BS Pharm, PharmD, ScD (Hon)

2018 Osterhaus Medal for Lifetime Achievement Recipient

Jordan L. Cohen, BSPh, PhD

2017 Osterhaus Medal for Lifetime Achievement Recipient

Jannet Carmichael, '75 BSPh, PharmD

2016 Osterhaus Medal for Lifetime Achievement Recipient

Patrick Keefe, ’69 BSPh, MBA

2015 Osterhaus Medal for Lifetime Achievement Recipient

Victor Yanchick, ’62 BSPh, ’66 MS, PhD

2014 Osterhaus Medal for Lifetime Achievement Recipient

TJ Johnsrud, ’66 BSPh

2013 Osterhaus Medal for Lifetime Achievement Recipient

David Maher, ’64 BSPh

2012 Osterhaus Medal for Lifetime Achievement Recipients

Robert Osterhaus, ’52 BSPh
Max Eggleston, ’47 BSP
Thomas Temple, BSPh, ’77 MS