In Loving Memory

Harvey A.K. Whitney, Jr.

Harvey Whitney, Jr., an internationally known educator, editor, publisher and caring leader in the profession of pharmacy, and a loving husband, father and grandfather passed on April 10, 2018. He was born in Michigan in 1930 and received his BS in 1959, and MS and residency training in 1961 at the University of Michigan. During 1961-71, he served in leadership roles at Duke University Medical Center, University of Texas and Southwest Regional Poison Center, St. Louis College of Pharmacy and four St. Louis area hospitals. He led the doctor of pharmacy program at the University of Cincinnati from 1971-78 and was a founding member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in 1979, which today includes almost 20,000 members in advanced practice, education and research positions. Harvey was a mentor for a countless number of pharmacy students and residents. He served as the assistant editor for the first journal devoted to the new field of clinical pharmacy and then became the editor and publisher of this highly regarded journal, Annals of Pharmacotherapy, for nearly 30 years. During this time, he also launched the Journal of Pharmacy Technology and was its editor and publisher. He founded and served as president of Harvey Whitney Books Co. in 1985 and published many health-care–related books. He deeply cared for the growth, development and well-being of all the staff of his company.

The many honors and awards Harvey received during his illustrious career include 2014 Honorary Membership in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists for Outstanding Contributions to Health-System Pharmacy Practice; 2007 Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Michigan; 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists; 1982 Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy; 1979 Postgraduate Education 20-Years Anniversary Award from a medical center in Poland’s; 1977 600-Years Anniversary Medal from Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland; and 1967 Leadership Award from the Southeastern Texas Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7). These words of the Apostle Paul, shortly before his martyrdom, provide useful construct for Harvey’s life. His faith was grounded in his unalterable acceptance of his lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and was reflected in his life’s work.


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