When a major health care facility in Raleigh, N.C., closed its doors, Albert Lockamy, Jr., then president of the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, spearheaded a regulation providing continuance of pharmacy care to over 60,000 patients. He also pushed to empower pharmacists to extend prescription drug coverage in emergency situations from six days to 30 days. As a result of his efforts, other states have used North Carolina as a model for advancing patient care in emergency situations.Lockamy was honored Thursday, May 5, when he was presented the M. Keith Fearing Community Pharmacy Practice Award by the Campbell University School of Pharmacy. "The Keith Fearing Award is based on individual contribution and community service," said Lib Fearing, the wife of the late Keith Fearing. "You've joined the ranks of a group of outstanding pharmacists who have served their profession well."
A native of Clinton, N.C., Lockamy was a pharmacist with Revco drugs for 27 years, remaining with the company when it was sold to CVS until his retirement six years later. After a brief retirement, Lockamy discovered that he missed the practice of pharmacy and signed on with Blue Ridge Pharmacy in Raleigh where he is currently employed. Lockamy has served as president of the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, the North Carolina Pharmaceutical Association and Wake Pharmaceutical Association. He was chairman of the North Carolina Pharmaceutical Association Endowment Foundation and appointed to a fourth term on the North Carolina Medical Care Commission. He also served as a member of the accreditation team of the American Council of Pharmacy Education.
Among his many honors, Lockamy was named National Pharmacist of the Year by Revco, Pharmacist of the Year by the North Carolina Pharmaceutical Association and "Tar Heel of the Week by the Raleigh "News & Observer." He was a Fellow of the American and North Carolina pharmaceutical associations and received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy. In addition, Lockamy has served Campbell University in a variety of ways-as a practitioner-instructor and as a member of the Presidential Board of Advisors and the School of Pharmacy's Admissions Advisory Board. His articles have been published in Pfizer Guide: Pharmacy Career Opportunities, American Pharmacy, and The Carolina Journal of Pharmacy, among others. "The Campbell University School of Pharmacy is pleased to have Al Lockamy for our students to emulate," said Dr. Ronald Maddox, dean of the School of Pharmacy. "He is an outstanding example of the type of individual that the M. Keith Fearing Community Pharmacy Practice Award is designed to recognize." The M. Keith Fearing Community Pharmacy Practice award is given in memory of Keith Fearing, a 1941 alumnus of Campbell who was instrumental in the establishment of the Campbell University School of Pharmacy. The Fearing award was established in 1997 to honor Fearing's memory and his contributions to community pharmacy practice.
Photo Copy: Pharmacist Albert Lockamy, Jr. receives the M. Keith Fearing Community Pharmacy Practice Award from Campbell University's School of Pharmacy. From left, Dr. Dwaine Greene, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost; Dr. Jerry M. Wallace, president of Campbell University; Al Lockamy; Mrs. Lib Fearing, widow of M. Keith Fearing; and Dr. Ronald Maddox, dean of the School of Pharmacy. (Photo by Bennett Scarborough)