Meritorious Achievement Award

2019 Awardee

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The Meritorious Achievement Award is given to members of ACGIH® who have made outstanding, long-term contributions to the field of occupational health and environmental hygiene. The recipient of this year’s Meritorious Achievement Award is Lynn C. O’Donnell, CIH

Ms. O’Donnell served as Executive Director of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) from 1991 until her retirement in 2014. Notably during her tenure, ABIH achieved American National Standards Institute/International Organization for Standardization (ANSI/ISO) and other accreditations, transitioned to a computer-based examination that is offered internationally, streamlined application and certification maintenance processes, and increased the number of CIHs from under 3900 to 6700. In 2016, Ms. O’Donnell was appointed as a Director of the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA) and Chair of the Awards and Qualifications Committee. Ms. O’Donnell joined ACGIH® in 1978 and presented the distinguished Jeffrey S. Lee Lecture at AIHce in 2014. She also served as a member of the ABIH Board of Directors from 1983–1989 and as a Councilor for the Academy of Industrial Hygiene (AIH). She was certified in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene by ABIH in 1981.

Among her many accomplishments, Ms. O'Donnell is an AIHA Fellow, recipient of the ACGIH® John J. Bloomfield and AIHA Alice Hamilton Awards, and the first recipient of the ABIH Lynn C. O’Donnell Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms. O’Donnell’s dedication and service to the occupational health and industrial hygiene profession, her commitment to ACGIH®’s mission and support for our profession render her a worthy recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award.

Previous Award Recipients

  • 1957 — Members of the Industrial Ventilation Committee (past and present)
  • 1958 — Members of the Committee on Threshold Limits (past and present)
  • 1959 — Lester M. Petrie, MD
  • 1960 — Thomas F. Mancuso, MD
  • 1961 — Hervey B. Elkins, PhD, CIH
  • 1962 — No award presented
  • 1963 — George Hama
  • 1964 — Victoria Trasko
  • 1965 — Herbert E. Stokinger, PhD
  • 1966 — John C. Soet
  • 1967 — Andrew D. Hosey, CIH
  • 1968 — William G. Fredrick, ScD
  • 1969 — John J. Bloomfield
  • 1970 — Catherine Chambers, RN
  • 1971 — E. Lynn Schall
  • 1972 — Marcus M. Key, MD
  • 1973 — Warren A. Cook
  • 1974 — U.S. Army Environmental Hygiene Agency
  • 1975 — Edward Baier, CIH
  • 1976 — Henry N. Doyle, CIH
  • 1977 — Members of the Threshold Limit Values for Physical Agents (TLV®-PA) Committee (past and present)
  • 1978 — James C. Barrett
  • 1979 — Charles D. "Pete" Yaffe, CIH
  • 1980 — Duncan A. Holaday, CIH
  • 1981 — Christine Einert, MD
  • 1982 — Dohrman H. Byers, CIH
  • 1983 — Mary Louise Brown
  • 1984 — Irving H. Davis, CIH
  • 1985 — Harry J. Ettinger, CIH
  • 1986 — Herbert H. Jones, CIH
  • 1987 — William D. Wagner
  • 1988 — William D. Kelley
  • 1989 — Vera Fiserova-Bergerova Thomas, PhD
  • 1990 — Vernon E. Rose, DrPH, CIH
  • 1991 — Robert L. Harris, PhD
  • 1992 — Charles E. Adkins, CIH
  • 1993 — Jeffrey S. Lee, PhD, CIH
  • 1994 — R. Jerry Sherwood, SM, CIH, CEng (UK)
  • 1995 — Howard E. Ayer, CIH
  • 1996 — John Doull, PhD, MD
  • 1997 — William D. Wagner
  • 1998 — Sidney Case Soderholm, PhD, and James H. Vincent, PhD, DSc
  • 1999 — Dave K. Verma, PhD, CIH, ROH
  • 2000 — William Burgess
  • 2001 — Morton Corn, Ph.D., CSP
  • 2002 — Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances (TLV®-CS) Committee (past and present members) and the Industrial Hygiene Section of the Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch (HETAB) of NIOSH (past and present members)
  • 2003 — Scott E. Merkle, CIH
  • 2004 — Morton Lippmann, PhD, CIH
  • 2005 — Robert T. Hughes, MSME, PE
  • 2006 — Patrick N. Breysse, PhD, CIH
  • 2007 — Lisa M. Brosseau, ScD, CIH
  • 2008 — Michael S. Morgan, ScD, CIH
  • 2009 — Gyan S. Rajhans, ROH, CIH, PE
  • 2010 — Patricia Stewart, PhD, CIH
  • 2011 — Jimmy L. Perkins, PhD, CIH
  • 2012 — John M. Dement, PhD, CIH
  • 2013 — Carol Rice, PhD, CIH
  • 2014 — Beverly S. Cohen, PhD
  • 2015 — D. Jeff Burton, MS, PE
  • 2016 — Stephen J. Reynolds, PhD, CIH, FAIHA
  • 2017 — J. Torey Nalbone, PhD, CIH, FAIHA
  • 2018 — Robert F. Herrick, ScD, CIH