Celebrating Black History: Dr. Robert D. Gibson

RDGSpecial Note: During the Month of February, Black History Month, will be highlighting African Americans who have contributed significantly during the profession.

Robert D. Gibson received the highest honor by the American Pharmacists Association in 2006, the Remington Honor Medal. This medal is awarded to those with distinguished service toward the profession of pharmacy in America. Gibson is known for his focus on advocating for equality in education as well as in the pharmacy.

He received several degrees from different universities throughout the United States and earned his Pharm.D. in 1958 from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  Gibson went on to work at UCSF holding three different positions—Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Academic affairs, Associate Dean for Professional Affairs in the School of Pharmacy, and as Director of the Pharmaceutical Technology Laboratory.  In 2001, Dr. Gibson served as President of APhA. Then in 2003, he served as President of the UCSF Alumni Association.

Presently, Gibson serves as Vice President of the Pharmacists Planning Services, in the California Pharmacists Association Education Foundation as an active Board of Trustees member, and in the Marin County Pharmacists Association as a member of the Board of Directors. Other organizations in which he is a member include: the Association of Black Hospital Pharmacists, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique, and APhA.

Not only did Gibson receive the Remington Honor Medal, but he also achieved several distinguished awards over his career. The Association of Black Hospital Pharmacists awarded him Pharmacist of the year, UCSF awarded him the Martin Luther King Award and Distinguished Alumnus, APhA awarded him the Fellow of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Sciences, and he also received the Fulbright/Hayes Scholarship. Overall, not only is Dr. Gibson a Pharm.D. alumnus from UCSF, he is a distinguished advocate and admired and celebrated educator in the profession of pharmacy.


Photo: Pharmacy Practice News. Black History Month: African-American Pharmacists     [Internet]. 2007 February. Available from: http://www.pharmacypracticenews.com/ViewArticle.aspx?d_id=206&a_id=6657

  1. UCSF School of Pharmacy Editorial Staff. Robert Gibson: alumnus, educator, advocate [Internet]. UCSF; 2015 February 23. Available from: https://pharmacy.ucsf.edu/news/2015/02/robert-gibson-alumnus-educator-advocate
  2. Remington Honor Medal [Internet]. American Pharmacists Association; Available from: http://www.pharmacist.com/remington-honor-medal-0
  3. Robert D. Gibson Scholarship [Internet]. APhA Foundation. Available from: http://www.aphafoundation.org/gibson-scholarship-campaign

Contributed by: Kathleen Jackson, P3 Class of 2017

2 thoughts on “Celebrating Black History: Dr. Robert D. Gibson

  1. Thank you for your contribution and for taking the time to write this. Shared it with my Grandfather ((bob gibson)) today, and it really made him smile.

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