Alumni Awards

Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Award

The Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Award is the UF College of Pharmacy’s most prestigious award. Awarded at Commencement, it is intended for graduates whose lifetime accomplishments have truly been extraordinary. The recipient shall have earned state and national recognition for their achievements.

  • 1986 – Mr. Frank A. Duckworth ’48
  • 1987 – Mr. James B. Powers ’53
  • 1988 – Mr. Gilbert N. Weise, Sr. ’60
  • 1989 – Hon. Everett A. Kelly ’60
  • 1990 – Dr. William E. Hale ’52
  • 1991 – Dr. Howard J. Schaeffer ’55
  • 1992 – Mr. George B. Browning ’53
  • 1993 – Dr. Gerald J. Yakatan ’71
  • 1994 – Dr. Ronald J. Brenner ’57, ’59
  • 1995 – Dr. Howard E. Mossberg ’54, ’58
  • 1996 – Dr. Louis Magid ’31
  • 1997 – Mr. Harold S. O’Steen ’53
  • 1997 – Mr. Howard K. O’Steen ’53
  • 1998 – Dr. John E. Murphy ’76
  • 1999 – Mr. Michael Stamitoles ’68
  • 2000 – Dr. Dennis Morrison ’63
  • 2001 – John Taylor ’72
  • 2002 – Debbie DeSantis ’82
  • 2003 – Robert G. Bell ’69
  • 2004 – V. Ravi Chandran ’86
  • 2005 – Ronald B. Stewart ’61
  • 2006 – Allen Spiegel ’57
  • 2007 – Ed L. Hamilton, PharmD ’75, ’00
  • 2008 – Mitchel Rothholz, ’84
  • 2009 – Carl Allison ’76
  • 2010 – Karen Rascati ’79
  • 2011 – Robert Crisafi
  • 2012 – Michael Mone
  • 2013 – Michele Weizer ’90
  • 2014 – Indra Reddy ’89
  • 2015 – Mark Hobbs ’81
  • 2016 – Michael McKenzie ’72
  • 2017 – No award presented (Bob Crisafi was presented UF Distinguished Alumnus Award)
  • 2018 – Kenneth Massey ’82, ’84
  • 2019 – Theresa Tolle ’88
  • 2020 – No award presented due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2021 – Gary Cacciatore ’88
  • 2022 – Dawn Bell ’92
  • 2023 – John Murphy ’76 (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Nominate an Outstanding Alumnus

Do you know a fellow alumnus who is deserving of recognition for their exceptional commitment to their community and the profession? Help us recognize our outstanding Gator pharmacists for one of the UF College of Pharmacy Awards. Contact the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs with your idea.

Dawn Bell, '92, was recognized with the Outstanding Alumnus Award at the 2022 Commencement Ceremony.

    40 Under 40 (Young Alumni)

    Since 2006, the University of Florida has honored Outstanding Young Alumni whose achievements positively impact The Gator Nation® 40 Gators Under 40 continues the tradition of honoring Gators who are going greater in their communities and professions.

    • 2006 – Denise Klinker ’03, David Medvedeff ’99, William Ratner ’98
    • 2007 – Susan Baumgartner ’96, Shashank Rohatagi ’95
    • 2008 – Michael Taylor ’05, Dearcy Vaughan ’03
    • 2009 – Katie Vogel Anderson ’03, Sriram Krishnaswami ’01
    • 2010 – Susan Maue ‘98, Paul Landerville ’02
    • 2011 – Amber Beitelshees ’01, Tobias Gerhard ’07
    • 2012 – Shawn Anderson ’06, Suzy Wise ’09
    • 2013 – John Gregg ’03, Farrell Simon ’07
    • 2014 – Katelyn Dervay ’05
    • 2015 – Ben Epstein ’03
    • 2016 – Matt Kirchoff ‘09 (Matt was also nominated by CLAS)
    • 2017 – Jason Karnes ’08 & ‘12
    • 2018 – Kevin Duane ’13
    • 2019 – Johnny Betancourt ‘15, Ben Weber ’13, Daniela Conrado ’12
    • 2020 – Ryan Haumschild ’03, Maryam Khazraee, ’15
    • 2021 – Karen Berger ’09, Daniel Gonzalez, ’08 & ’12
    • 2022 – Patricia Louzon ‘07, Donna Rivera ’12 & ’14, Mohamed Shahin ’15 & ’18
    • 2023 – Bhargava Kandala ’12 & ’14

    40 under 40 award

    Bhargava Kandala, Ph.D., M.S.

    Dr. Kandala serves as a director in the quantitative pharmacology, pharmacometrics group at Merck.

    Bhargava Kandala, Ph.D., M.S., '12 & '14, with his faculty mentor, Guenther Hochhaus, Ph.D., a professor of pharmaceutics.

    UF Distinguished Alumnus Award

    • 2017 – Robert Crisafi, ’56
    • 2015 – Debbie DeSantis ’82

    Honorary Degrees

    • Spring 2015 – Yuichi Sugiyama
    • Fall 2015 – Phillip Frost
    • Spring 2012 – William Evans
    • May 2005 – Nicholas Bodor