American Association for Clinical Chemistry
Better health through laboratory medicine
Joseph H. Boutwell, PhD
1977 Outstanding Contributions through Service to the Profession of Clinical Chemistry

Excerpt from award announcement in Clinical Chemistry:

Joseph H. Boutwell, Jr., will receive the 12th AACC Award for Outstanding Contributions through Service to Clinical Chemistry as a Profession, sponsored by the Fisher Scientific Co.

Dr. Boutwell was born in Detroit, Michigan. He received his B.S. degree (chemistry) from Wheaton College, Ill., and then went to Northwestern University, where he obtained the M.S., the Ph.D. (biochemistry), and the M.D. degrees. He then moved to Philadelphia, where at Temple University he progressed from assistant, associate, to professor of biochemistry at the School of Medicine, and was director of the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory. In 1966, he became deputy chief of the Medical Laboratory Section at the National Communicable Disease Center (now “Center for Disease Control”) at Atlanta, Ga. In 1969, he was appointed chief of the Licensure and Development Branch; in 1972, the director of the Clinical Chemistry Division; in 1975, acting assistant director, Bureau of Laboratories, and in 1976, its deputy director.

Dr. Boutwell’s fields of special interest have been in clinical chemistry, quality control, and clinical and public health laboratory practice. He is the author of a number of papers, four manuals, a book on clinical chemistry, and a monograph on quality control.

Dr. Boutwell became a member of the AACC Philadelphia Section in 1954, and served as chairman in 1960. He has served on many national AACC Committees: the Committee on Standards in 1965 and in 1966, when he became chairman; the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws in 1969–70; and as a member of the Board of Editors of Clinical Chemistry, 1968–72. In 1972, he served as president of the AACC.

After 1973, he was on the Long-Range Planning Committee and met with the Committee on Professional Relations as a member of the American Chemical Society Committee on Clinical Chemistry. He is a founding member of the National Registry, and is on the board of directors of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Besides the AACC, he is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and has been a CDC Liaison Member of the National Council for Health Laboratory Services, and on the FDA Advisory Committee on In Vitro Diagnostic Products. He has been adjunct professor of biochemistry, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga. from 1971 until the present.

Dr. Boutwell received the John Gunther Reinhold Award from the Philadelphia Section in 1965.

1972 AACC Past President's Award

Joseph Boutwell, MD, PhD served as AACC president in 1972.