The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) announced Leonard L. Edloe, BSP, MDiv, PharmD, of Mechanicsville, VA, as the 2014 recipient of the Hugo H. Schaefer Award. Edloe was selected in recognition of his many contributions to the profession of pharmacy and his commitment to community and public service.
Established by APhA in 1964 in honor of its long?time treasurer, the Hugo H. Schaefer Award recognizes outstanding voluntary contributions to the organization, the profession, and society. Edloe will be officially recognized during the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, March 28-31, 2014. The APhA awards and honors program is the most comprehensive recognition program in the profession of pharmacy.
One of his nominators stated, “Edloe was more than just a member whose ‘name is on the list.’ Dr. Edloe is a staunch supporter for the profession of pharmacy in numerous areas of public policy. He recommended the establishment of the ‘Preferred Drug List’ to the Governor of Virginia, the approval of which not only saved the Commonwealth hundreds of millions of dollars, but maintained fees paid to pharmacists for their services. Dr. Edloe has been a tremendous resource to editors and reporters in both print and TV media. He is a frequent guest on nationwide radio shows and even hosts his own radio show promoting the role pharmacists play in healthcare.”
Edloe is the retired CEO and Pharmacist at Edloe’s Professional Pharmacies in Richmond and is the Pastor of New Hope Fellowship in Hartfield, VA. While working as a community pharmacist and pharmacy owner for over 40 years, Edloe remained committed to the profession and his patients, through dedicated service to a number of organizations, including the APhA Board of Trustees, the APhA Foundation Board of Directors, the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the American Heart Association, and the Board of the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Authority. He has received numerous awards, including the Bowl of Hygeia Award, the Terrence Burroughs Leadership Award, and the Virginia Retailer of the Year Award. Edloe received his BSPharm from Howard University, his MDiv from Virginia Union University, and his PharmD from the University of Florida.
Another colleague noted, “Dr. Edloe has willingly participated in various committees and alumni functions whenever called upon, and has created new lines of communication to engage younger alumni, while fostering development of activities to increase inter?generational programs with alumni from various decades. Dr. Edloe also served as one of the inaugural speakers of our Legacy Lecture series where he spoke passionately to our students about their responsibility to improve society, advocate for pharmacy as a profession, and make better the communities where they live. His vision of what pharmacy should be as a profession, our responsibility to engage people and improve the health of our communities is exemplary, and speaks to his commitment as a health care professional.”