It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that former PPAG Executive Director Henry "Hank" Wedemeyer passed away on May, 1, 2019 at home after a long battle with scleroderma. He was 76 years old.
Mr. Wedemeyer grew up in Overland, Missouri, the first son of Daniel and Eleanor Wedemeyer. After serving in the United States Army, Mr. Wedemeyer earned his bachelors and masters in pharmacy degrees from The Ohio State University, where he also completed a hospital residency program. He relocated to Denver, Colorado to embark on his new position as Director of Pharmacy at St. Luke’s Hospital where he successfully instituted the Pharmacy Technician and Pharmacy Residency programs. After serving as St. Luke's Hospital, he became the Director of Pharmacy at Children's Hospital Denver (now Colorado Children's Hospital). He left his position at Children’s Hospital to become the first full-time Executive Director of PPAG in 1998, serving through 2002. Following his service to PPAG, he served as Director of Pharmacy for the Metro Community Provider Network in Aurora, CO until his retirement in 2015. The Metro Community Provider Network is committed to serving low-income patients seeking care.
Mr. Wedemeyer was a charter member of Pharmacy Directors of Pediatric Hospitals (PDPH) in 1985 which later became the Pediatric Pharmacy Administrative Group (PPAG), now known as the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group.
While serving on the PPAG Board of Directors, Mr. Wedemeyer helped establish the Center for Pediatric Drug Information and the Pediatric Adverse Drug Event and Reaction Reporting (PADR) Program. During his tenure as Executive Director of PPAG, Mr. Wedemeyer launched PediNet (now MyPPAG), the first electronic bulletin board for PPAG members. During this time, PPAG became an approved provider of continuing pharmacy education by the American Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE). He is also responsible for organizing the first PPAG Specialty Conference that was dedicated to pharmacy practice in the NICU.
Mr. Wedemeyer is survived by his loving wife, Judy, three children: Christopher (Heather), Kimberly (Johnny) and Benjamin (Sarah). He also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Cody, Austin, Annabelle, Gabriel, Sophia, Mitchell and Kaylee. Brother of Madeleine Rielley, Sister Dannel, SSND, Mary Eleanor Crook, Florence Murphy and Daniel Wedemeyer.
“On behalf of the members of PPAG, the Board of Directors expresses our condolences to the Wedemeyer Family. We remember Mr. Wedemeyer’s contributions to the profession and our organization. Recognizing where we came from unites and inspires us as we move into the future of the profession,” says Hanna Phan, current President of PPAG.