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Sister M. Gonzales Duffy Lecture Award
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Previous Award Recipients

2017    Allen Vaida, PharmD
2016   Nishaminy Kasbekar, BS, PharmD, FASHP
2015   Jean Scholtz, PharmD, FASHP
2013   Douglas E. Miller, PharmD
  Ruth Brown, RPh, MS, FASHP
  Gerald E. Meyer, PharmD, MBA, FASHP
  Richard Demers, RPh, MS, FASHP
  Michael J. Romano, RPh
  Dr. Fredrick H. Bender
  Terry Schwinghammer, PharmD
  Steven L. Sheaffer, PharmD, FASHP
  Thomas J. Strauss, PharmD
  Colonel John D. Grabenstein, PhD, RPh
  Patricia C. Kienle, RPh, MBA
  Marvin Samson
  Rebecca Finley, PharmD, MS
  Peter Vlasses, PharmD
  Daniel A. Hussar, BS, MS, PhD
  Douglas H. Kay
  Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS
  William A. Zellmer


Sister Duffy taught in the Science Department of Mount Mercy Academy, now Carlow College, for sixteen (16) years before becoming a pharmacist. She received her bachelor of science in chemistry and biology from Mount Mercy, and a master of science degree in biology at Villanova University. She received a bachelor of science in pharmacy at Duquesne University. In 1975, Duquesne University awarded her an honorary doctor of science degree.

She was an instructor in pharmacology at the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and a lecturer in hospital pharmacy at Duquesne University. After retiring in 1981, she served as a consultant to the Department of Pharmacy at the hospital and as instructor of hospital pharmacy at Duquesne University. Under her direction, Duquesne University and Mercy Hospital established a graduate residency program in hospital pharmacy, and its first graduates received their master of science degree in 1962. For fifteen (15) years before that, an informal, non-academic residency had been established by Sister Duffy at Mercy Hospital.

Sister Duffy participated as a faculty member on study tours in Switzerland, Denmark, England, Greece, Yugoslavia, France, and Canada. She served as a consultant to six (6) pharmaceutical manufacturers as well as to St. Francis Hospital in Trenton, NJ, St. Joseph's Hospital in Reading, PA, Mercy Catholic Medical Center of Southeastern Pennsylvania in Darby, Delaware County, and Mercy Hospital - Rockville Center in Long Island, NY.

Sister Duffy received hospital pharmacy's highest honor, the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award, in 1971. In 1978, during its centennial celebration, Duquesne University chose Sister Duffy as one of its 100 distinguished alumni of the university's first century. In 1980, Sister Duffy was honored by the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation for years of service to patients suffering from that disease. In 1980, the Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania established the Sister M. Gonzales Pharmacy Award. It is given each year to a pharmacist for outstanding contributions to the advancement of professionalism in hospital pharmacy management.

She served as president of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists from 1978-1979, the first woman and only Religious elected to that office. She was president of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists' Research and Education Foundation from 1979-1980. She was a member of the ASHP Board of Directors from 1966-1969 and 1977-1980. She also served on the Joint Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. She served on numerous committees with the National League of Nursing.

Sister Duffy passed away on October 29, 1985. The Sister M. Gonzales Lecture Award was established in 1985 by the Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists in honor of the late Sister M. Gonzales Duffy, RSM, PSHP member, and Director of Pharmacy and Central Services at Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


This award is presented, annually, to an individual of high moral character, good citizenship, and high professional ideals who has made sustained contributions to health-system pharmacy that have impacted practice in Pennsylvania. The chosen individual will have achieved national prominence through accomplishments in any of several areas including health-system pharmacy practice or patient care, health-system pharmacy education, basic or clinical research related to health-system pharmacy, pharmacy organizational activity related to health-system pharmacy, public or interdisciplinary activities benefiting health-system pharmacy, and/or pharmaceutical law, ethics, or professional conduct activities related to health-system pharmacy. 

Nomination Process:
Nominations will be sought from the local chapters and the general membership. There may be more than one (1) nominee from each chapter or member. Nominations will not be limited by geographic region. The local chapter nearest to the nominee will be asked to endorse the nominee. Supporting documents include:

  • Nominee's Curriculum Vitae and/or resume
  • A narrative of accomplishments
  • Submission of up to five (5) letters of nomination from a diverse group of individuals

Selection Process:

All nominations, with endorsement from the local chapters, will be submitted by the nominator to the Central Office and forwarded to the Executive Committee.

Award Presentation:

The award will be presented at the Annual Assembly, which takes place in the Fall, each year that a deserving individual is selected for recognition. The award will consist of a suitably engraved, commemorative plaque. The award recipient will receive transportation, one (1) night's lodging, and registration for the PSHP Annual Assembly.

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