Awards

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The following awards are given annually by UEHA. Anyone in the organization can nominate anyone they feel is deserving of these awards.

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Gerald Storey Memorial Award

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The Gerald Storey Award is named for Gerald Storey who began his career in Environmental Health in 1969. Gerald graduated from Utah State University in 1968 and received a Master's Degree from Loma Linda University in 1986.

Gerald was hired as a Sanitarian for the State of Utah in the Price area in 1969, before the Southeastern District Health Department was formed. He traveled two or three days a week covering 17,000 square miles. The area ran from Scofield to the Arizona border. He served as the Environmental Health Director in the Southeastern District Health department until his death in 1988.

Gerald was instrumental in setting up basic environmental health programs in the newly formed district. Perceiving the need for municipal and county ordinances, Gerald prepared numerous model ordinances and was instrumental in their passage. He was one of the first health departments in the state that tried to set up permit fees for local restaurants. Training and coordination were constantly paramount in his mind for his staff and the department. He was placed in many difficult situations where his responsibility to uphold public health law was clearly mandated. Throughout these stressful situations, he was able to provide fairness, consideration and judgment to insure that individual concerns were not overlooked by the government. Sensing a need to establish a local public health laboratory, Gerald tenaciously pursued all funding sources until a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency was secured. The laboratory is a great service to the residents and communities of the southern half of the state. Gerald became extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of environmental health. He was very active in the Utah Environmental Health Association and served on many state committees. He was recipient of the "Outstanding Public Employee" award given by the Utah Public Employees Association in 1961, and received the Pickett-Webb award in 1981.

His Health Director described him as "dedicated, energetic, highly intelligent and one who accomplishes his goals.. His abilities to cooperate, lead, rapidly absorb and conceptualize work make him a true professional."

Gerald died in 1988 from cancer.

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Reed Roberts Memorial Award

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Reed Stewart Roberts was born in Salt Lake City and raised in Logan Utah. He attended the Logan schools and he and his wife, Marie, have always considered Logan as their hometown. Reed and Marie have 4 children and 19 grandchildren.

Reed earned a Bachelor's Degree in Zoology and Entomology, and a Masters Degree in Entomology from Utah State Agricultural College (USU). He spent 39 months in the Army Air Corps & Medical Service Corps, and later attended 1 year of postgraduate studies at the University of Utah in Entomology, 2 years at the University of Kansas, and 1 year at Oregon State University and Utah State University.

Reed worked as a Sanitarian at the Logan City Health Department; with the State of Utah as a District Sanitarian in Cache, Box Elder and Rich Counties; then for several years as a professor at Utah State University teaching Biology, Public Health, and Entomology courses. He later moved into the USU Extension Office as an Extension Entomologist, where he traveled to every county in the state providing entomology and public health consultation and service to the counties and local health departments. He worked for the U.S. Public Health Service for two summers at Glacier National Park and CDC in Atlanta. Reed retired from USU in 1984, but will not retire from Public Health as long as he can still take a breath.

Reed Roberts was President of the Utah Association of Sanitarian in 1957-1958, was chairman of the technical committee for many years as well as active in other committees. He received the NEHA "Certificate of Merit Award" in 1985 and the "Dom M. Rees Award" from the Utah Mosquito Abatement Association in 1989. Reed was Associate Editor of NEHA's Journal of Environmental Health for many years in providing technical review for articles in the Journal.

Reed Roberts is a man who truly loved his work; a genuine pioneer for Environmental Health in the State of Utah and is honored to have been selected for this tribute. He said that he was never alone; he appreciates all the great people that he worked with in Public Health over the years; for those who trained him, supported him, helped him and advised him. He stated that he appreciates UEHA's selection, but is only one of many who could have been named for this award.

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Pickett-Webb Memorial Award

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At the inception of the Pickett-Webb Memorial Award, four specific topics were adopted as supplementary data to be presented in support of any nomination for the award. They are:

  1. A brief biographical sketch of the nominee.
  2. A resume of the work and achievement for which the recognition is proposed.
  3. Supporting evidence of the activities of the nominee.
  4. Some reprints or references of any publications relating to these efforts.

Your Awards Committee will review the applications and the supporting information submitted. In the appraisal of the material presented they will follow the criteria listed below allotting weights to each of the eight items as listed. The committee will select the candidate having the highest total score to receive the award:

Categories Maximum Points

  1. Broadness and strength of the program in which the candidate is involved. Job classification and description.
    10 points
  2. Individual accomplishments, special activities, accomplishments or work above and beyond usual employments.
    10 points
  3. Publications which the candidate has authored or co-authored. References of reprints to be provided.
    5 points
  4. UEHA and NEHA activities, membership, offices held, committee assignments, etc. Give a brief resume of activities while in office.
    10 points
  5. Other public health or environmental health activities. Memberships and activities in other public health or environmental health activities. List positions held and resume of activities.
    10 points
  6. Years of service, positions held, employing agency, principal duties, etc., to indicate broadness of experience and advancement.
    10 points
  7. Education: Degrees obtained and completion of special courses of training.
    5 points
  8. Miscellaneous: Any other activity which will help the committee to fairly evaluate the candidate such as: (a) Editorship or association with an environmental health publication. (b) participation in civic organization, civic groups, church groups etc. (c) Evidence of good press relationship as substantiated by clippings. (d) Special research of activities noted in other classifications.
    10 points

Give your chosen candidate due consideration and provide the information necessary for proper evaluation. Give the Awards Committee a chance to do a legitimate job. Remember that the above procedure does not in any way rule out your candidate. It is designed to aid you, your candidate and the committee. Give your nomination a serious try.

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Lynn Thatcher Award

(Information from an interview of Cal Sudwicks by Phil Wright)

Lynn Thatcher was the first Sanitary Engineer in the State of Utah. He was a graduate from MIT and worked for the State Department of Health for 30 years before his retirement in 1978.

Lynn was responsible for all the environmental health programs in the state at the time when there were only four or five local health departments. This bureau covered programs such as drinking water, wastewater, swimming pools and food service inspections. Lynn assigned state personnel to districts who traveled throughout the state to perform the necessary health inspections.

Lynn was instrumental in getting the Water Pollution Control Act passed in the State of Utah in the 1950s. This act put teeth into the rules and regulations for water quality programs. This led to the construction of wastewater treatment facilities to replace direct sewage discharge into the creeks and streams. Under Lynn's leadership, Utah was known as a leader in water pollution control.

Lynn wasn't afraid to stand up for what he believed in, no matter what the political consequences. He was a great administrator, showed no favoritism and treated everyone the same.

Lynn was the Executive Secretary of the Water Pollution Control Board for about 17 years. Many of the Environmental health programs that exist today is a result of the courage that Lynn Thatcher had because of his conviction to do what he felt was right for public health in the State of Utah.

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