Beech and Peak Win Annual APAA Awards

Elaine Beech and Hunter Peak Elaine Beech (left) won the APAA Distinguised Alumnus Award while Hunter Peak (right) won the Distinguished Service Award.

June 30, 2015

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association Board of Directors announced the group’s annual awards at the 2015 Alabama Pharmacy Association Convention. Elaine Hill Beech was named the Distinguished Alumnus for 2015 while Hunter Peak was given the Distinguished Service Award.

“I am honored to present these awards to Elaine and Hunter,” said Bobby Giles, President of the Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association. “Elaine has done so much for the pharmacy program at Auburn and the profession in the state and we really appreciate her hard work. Hunter was someone who was a great ambassador for the Harrison School of Pharmacy and we wanted to show our appreciation.”

Beech is a 1983 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy. She and her husband J. Wayne Beech ’76 owned and operated B and F Drugs in Chatom, Alabama until Wayne’s death in 2002. 

A few years after selling the store, Elaine was elected to the Washington County Board of Education. She was then elected to the Alabama State House of Representatives in a Special Election in 2009, representing Alabama House District 65 that covers Washington, Choctaw, Clarke and Marengo Counties.

While in the State House, Beech has served on several committees, including the House Health Committee and has worked to represent her constituents and to be an advocate for her pharmacy profession.

Peak is a 1986 graduate from Auburn University, earning a degree in economics. He served two stints with the Harrison School of Pharmacy as its Director of Development and Alumni Relations.

Peak first came to HSOP in 2002 and held the position until 2007, when he moved into a role as Regional Development Officer with Auburn University. He did a brief stint as the Director of Development for the College of veterinary medicine before returning to HSOP in 2011.

In August, 2014, Peak accepted his current position as the Director of Development at the Turner College of Business at Columbus State University.


About the Harrison School of Pharmacy
Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the School offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.) while also offering a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences. In 2014, the school adopted the slogan, “Making Medications Work Through Innovative Research, Education and Patient Care.” For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit

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