In Memoriam: Tribute to Kevin Hall

November 23, 2023

A tribute to Kevin Hall 

Kevin Hall

BScPhm, PharmD, FCSHP
October 18, 1954 – November 14, 2023

The Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) and the pharmacy world have lost a great leader, visionary, and influential force with the passing of Kevin Hall BScPhm, PharmD, FCSHP on November 14, 2023.  Kevin was notably active at the branch and national levels of CSHP from his early beginnings as a Clinical Pharmacist at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre to when he later became Regional Director of Pharmacy in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

The pharmacy services at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, and Winnipeg Health Region were recognized as benefiting from great leadership in providing an optimal pharmacy service and, consequently, by invitation, Kevin performed numerous operational reviews of pharmacy services in large hospitals across the country. 

After serving as the President of the Manitoba Branch of CSHP, Kevin actively engaged as the Manitoba Branch Delegate to CSHP Council and followed as its National President in 1986-87.  Kevin remained extremely active in the affairs of CSHP in his Past President’s role and later assumed the position of Chair of the CSHP Research and Education Foundation.  The Foundation was rejuvenated under Kevin’s leadership, increasing its visibility and fundraising capability. The title of Managing Editor, Hospital Pharmacy Survey (Lilly Survey), was held by Kevin, in 2005, after serving nearly 10 years as a member of its Editorial Board.  As a CSHP member at large, Kevin was a popular speaker at numerous CSHP conferences sharing influential strategies for growth of the profession.

Kevin did not limit his expertise and knowledge to the hospital sector of pharmacy alone. He served as President of the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) in 1994-95 and CPhA Delegate to the Council of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).  Kevin was recognized by his peers as the recipient of numerous awards. CPhA bestowed upon Kevin the CPhA Meritorious Service Award and the Centennial Pharmacist Award. Through CSHP, he was honoured with the Distinguished Service Award and Fellow status. 

Kevin was a valuable resource for positively influencing the newcomers to the pharmacy profession.  In addition to training and mentoring pharmacy residents at his institution, Kevin was an active lecturer, sessional instructor and assistant professor to undergraduate pharmacy students at the University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba.  Kevin, the educator, last taught as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.  

There is no doubt that Kevin’s passion for pharmacy and his influence left a huge footprint on the profession.

But there was more to Kevin than the pharmacist persona he portrayed so well.  Kevin was an avid golfer and a socially engaging friend to so many.  Good food and fine wine were enjoyed by Kevin and his wife Anita, and together, they travelled the world. Simply put, Kevin Hall was just a great guy and he will be missed.

Submitted by Linda Poloway, CSHP President - 2000 to 2001

CSHP remembers Kevin Hall

"I appreciated his visionary leadership in healthcare practice & our volunteer HPC Board work, significant contributions to the profession, & his down-to-earth style of communication which set people at ease and helped us find a way out of challenging situations. Gone too soon. Condolences to his wife, family & friends."  - Doug Doucette

"Kevin’s passing is a great loss to the profession and especially to members of the board, past and present, who have had the great chance to work with Kevin. I will always remember the wonderful welcome I received from him when I first started with the board. As a new head of pharmacy and new board member, I was quite intimidated by Kevin’s accomplishments and reputation. This all dissipated quickly when he came to sit with me at our first board meeting supper at the famed Milcroft. His very genuine, human approach (or even "fatherly" approach) calmed my fears and made my integration smooth. I can’t remember exactly what he said, but will always remember how he made me feel
." -  André Bonnici

"I had the privilege of knowing Kevin in 1996 when I joined the editorial board of the Canadian Hospital Pharmacy Report. Visionary, altruistic, open, involved, rigorous, interested in others, he opened the doors to the rest of the country for me... when you are a French-speaking Quebecer! May the history of pharmacy remember the contribution of this exceptional pharmacist. An exhibition on the history of pharmacy at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Montreal will highlight his contribution in the fall of 2024. I lost a colleague, but above all, a friend. Have a good trip." -  Jean-Francois Bussières

"I met Kevin at the Harrison Conference, where he presented on the ‘Lily Survey.’  He showed great kindness, and I appreciated hearing his stories during the Harrison dinners. He was a remarkably knowledgeable and delightful person. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family." - Bal Dhillon

"This is truly sad news. I remember him for his kindness and his smile" -  Debbie Merrill

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