Four Auburn Pharmacy Alums Inducted into Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame

APA Hall of Fame

July 26, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Harrison School of Pharmacy alums Jim Main of Montgomery, Roland Julian Nelson of Homewood, Charlie Thomas of Montgomery, and J. Miles Thomas of Opelika, were inducted into the Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame at the Alabama Pharmacy Association’s (APA) 135th Annual Convention, held at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida on June 13, 2016.

Jim Main | Roland Nelson | Charlie Thomas | Miles Thomas

James Beasley and Jim Main
John Beasley (left) welcomes Jim Main to the Hall of Fame.

James Allen “Jim” Main graduated from Auburn in 1968 with his degree in pharmacy. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from Alabama in 1972 and currently serves the State of Alabama as an Associate Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. He has previously served as a Judge on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, Director of Finance for the State of Alabama, Senior Counsel to Governor Bob Riley, and Chief of Staff and Legal Advisor to Governor Fob James. His other public service includes terms as Anniston’s City Attorney, Lineville’s City Judge and as the City Attorney for Oxford, Alabama. He began his private law practice in Anniston in 1972.

Justice Main is a member of numerous and professional organizations including the American, Alabama, and Montgomery Bar Associations, Founding Fellow Alabama Law Foundation, Montgomery Chapter Inn of Court, Chair of the Dean’s Counsel for the Auburn School of Pharmacy, past-member of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, and APA past-president. Most notably he served two terms as president of the American Pharmacists Association.

Justice Main has received numerous awards, including the Parke Davis Leadership Award, the Bowl of Hygeia award, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from HSOP, and the President’s Award from the American Society of Pharmacy and Law. He was inducted in to the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame in 2012.

“Jim’s dedication to the pharmacy profession on both a state and national level is outstanding,” said APA Executive Director Louise Jones. “APA is proud to recognize him as a leader who has and continues to work in service of others.”

Roland Julian Nelson graduated Auburn in 1964 with his degree in pharmacy. He was the previous owner and operator of Reynolds Drugs in Homewood for 36 years.

In 2000, Nelson implemented the Immunization Program and gave more than 500 flu vaccinations yearly. He was an adjunct instructor to pharmacy students at both Samford and Auburn. He is involved in all Homewood Elementary schools with sponsorships and drug education. Nelson is a member and past president of APA; Jefferson County Pharmacy Association; National Community Pharmacists Association; American Pharmacists Association; and the Auburn Alumni Association; and served on the Alabama Board of Pharmacy, including one year as President.

Nelson is the recipient of numerous awards including the Merck Outstanding Achievement Award, the Mitch Rotholtz Presidents’ Award, the Knoll Innovative Pharmacist Award, Drug Travelers Association King Kourtesy Award, Harrison School of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the 2007 Bowl of Hygeia Award.

“One of Roland’s largest contributions to pharmacy has been his mentorship of many who have gone on to be recognized leaders in their own right,” Jones said. “His influence on this profession is vast and represents a lasting legacy. APA is proud to honor Roland’s work with this honor.”

Anthony Brooklere and Charlie Thomas
Anthony Brooklere (left) welcomes Charlie Thomas into the APA Hall of Fame.

Charles Clifford Thomas graduated from Auburn in 1965 with his degree in pharmacy. He has owned Thomas Discount Drugs, been a pharmacy manager for Harco Drugs and served 18 years as the Pharmacy Director of the Alabama Department of Public Health. While a student at Auburn, Charlie founded Phi Lambda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership society. Phi Lambda Sigma recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and in 2011 it created the Charles Thomas Scholarship in honor of its founder.

Charlie’s service record includes being a contributing author of “The Pharmacist in Public Health”, a member of the Board of Directors Alliance for Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, a member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Multistate Contracting Alliance for Pharmacy; President of the Alabama Board of Pharmacy; and affiliate faculty at Auburn and Samford. He is a past president of APA and Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association. He has chaired the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Community/Ambulatory Section, was elected Delegate to the House of Delegates, and was appointed a member of the APhA Strategic Directions Committee and APhA Political Action Committee.

Charlie is the recipient of the 1998 Bowl of Hygeia Award, Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame (2012); Linwood F. Tice Award for Leadership in National Student Programs; Fellow American Pharmaceutical Association; Phi Lambda Sigma Founders Award; Omicron Delta Kappa - National Leadership Honor Society; National Association of Retail Druggists Pharmacy Leadership Award; Merck Pharmacy Leadership Award; Alabama Commission on Pharmacy Distinguished Service Award; the APA J. Wayne Staggs Distinguished Service Award; and the Birmingham Retail Druggist Service Award.

“Charlie has had a vast career in pharmacy and has volunteered a great deal of his time to serving others,” said Louise Jones, APA Executive Director. “His accomplishments stand head and shoulders above the mainstream and APA is proud to recognize his work with this honor.”

Miles Thomas
John Beasley (left) welcomes Miles Thomas into the APA Hall of Fame.

J. Miles Thomas J. Miles Thomas graduated from Auburn in 1955 with his degree in pharmacy. As the owner and operator of Thomas Pharmacy in Opelika, Miles has served the Opelika community for more than 50 years. His contributions have included councilman, city commissioner and city council president, all while working to improve and expand Opelika’s economic, cultural, and educational opportunities.

Miles is an active member of APA and has served as its President, Director and Vice President. He has also served on the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy, Lee County Pharmaceutical Association, as well as Director of Central Bank. He was a member of the National Association of Retail Druggists, and has served on the advisory board of HSOP.


Miles has been honored numerous times including the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society Leadership Award, the Auburn Distinguished Alumni Award, National Community Pharmacists Association Leadership Award, the A. H. Robins Community Service Award, and was the first Alabama recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia award in 1963.

“Miles Thomas’ contributions to the profession of pharmacy raised the bar for all who follow,” said Jones. “APA is proud to recognize his achievements and years of service to others.”

The Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame was established in 2015 and acknowledges achievements by those engaged in the profession of pharmacy, whether alive or deceased, and recognizes their outstanding contributions or exemplary service to pharmacy and/or to healthcare. This can be demonstrated through exceptional achievement over the life of their career in pharmacy or an exceptional act during their career, or both.

Thomas and Nelson join seven others with Harrison School of Pharmacy ties in the Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame. HSOP alums John Beasley (Class of 1955), Anthony Brooklere (Class of 1958), James Kuykendall (Class of 1949), Charles Prickett (Class of 1961) and James Walker (Class of 1957) were inducted last year. Additionally, James Harrison, Jr., the namesake of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, and William Walker, Jr., the namesake of the Walker Building, were inducted last year.


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. For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit

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