Even though data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service suggested Hurricane Dennis would strike Mobile, Alabama, and the Society's annual meeting head-on, the ASP records and recollections clearly showed without question that Dr. Ralph Lichtenfels, retired in 2004 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Parasite Collection, Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory, in Beltsville, Maryland, deserves the ASP Distinguished Service Award. The award committee, composed of Gerardo Perez Ponce de Leon, Gene Foor, Bruce Conn, and me, evaluated and selected the nomination of Ralph by K. Darwin Murrell, with support from Eric P. Hoberg and R. C. (Tammi) Krecek. We are pleased and privileged that Council has approved our selection of Ralph for the 2005 Distinguished Service Award.

As a high-achieving member of ASP since 1964, Ralph Lichtenfels surpassed all the expected criteria by (1) maintaining continuous membership and regular attendance at...

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