n 2006, Robert D. Gibson was awarded pharmacy’s highest honor, the Remington Medal, making him the first African-American to receive it. Gibson’s career as an educator at the University of California, San Francisco, was hallmarked by his efforts to gain inclusion for all minorities.
While Gibson was a Fulbright Scholar from 1955 through 1957, he worked with graduate students in pharmaceutical chemistry at the College of Pharmacy at Cairo University. In addition to his academic efforts, Gibson was elected the president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in 1984 to 1985 and as president of the APhA from 2000 to 2001. In his Remington address, Gibson said his ancestors were slaves, Cherokee Indian, Creole and Jewish, a fitting recognition of his message of inclusion and dignity.