2003 Recipient, Agnes Ann Green
Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Michael P. Geis, selected for the 2003 Agnes Ann Green Distinguished Service Award, is commended for his outstanding service, both locally and nationally, to the American Chemical Society. Geis joined the Southern California Section in 1966, the year he earned his chemistry B.S. at Loyola. He became a committee member, then in 1975 and 1976 was chosen to chair the High School Contest Committee. In 1977, he was elected to a three-year term on the Executive Committee. He has since served three more terms. Several times, he has been instrumental in making arrangements for us to host the Western Regional Meeting (including the latest one). Geis is currently one of the councilors representing the Southern California Section nationally, and is the chair-elect of the Section.
The members who nominated Dr. Geis noted that he is “generous and loyal,” “always available for help, participation, and experienced advice whenever the Section calls.” They also cited his “proven effectiveness,” “and his appreciation of the value and purpose of the Society.”
Michael Geis is a professor at Loyola Marymount University, where he teaches general, physical, and organic chemistry, including laboratory courses. His research interests include conformational analysis and stereochemistry, synthesis of heterocyclic compounds, and desalination of masonry.
The Agnes Ann Green Distinguished Service Award is reserved for Southern California Section members who have made outstanding contributions to the Section (preferably including service as an officer), and can also include service to the national ACS through the local Section. The award is given in honor and memory of Sister Agnes, who set an outstanding record of 53 years of continuous service to the Section and the national Society through her tireless devotion and activity. Certainly, Dr. Geis epitomizes the ideals set by the namesake of this award.