Lifetime Achievement Awardees

The Massachusetts Society for Respiratory Care has awarded the following individuals who have dedicated their careers to the field of respiratory care, while promoting the profession and Massachusetts Society for Respiratory Care the Lifetime Achievement Award. These individuals are selected by the sitting President of the Society, and are honored with the distinction of being recipients of the highest honor the Massachusetts Society for Respiratory Care can issue..


2014 Awardees


William "Bill" Goding, RRT, FAARC - 2014 Awardee

Bill started his career in 1971.  He became program director of the respiratory therapy program at North Shore Community College in Beverly MA in 1976, a position he held for more than 20 yrs.  He began with the MSRC as delegate for Chapter One in 1974.  From 1978 to present he has been a member of the Program & Education Committee.  From 1980-1987 he was a member of the Licensure Committee.  He was President-Elect for the MSRC in 1980, MSRC President in 1981 and Immediate Past President in 1982. He was the Pneumonics Editor in 1983-84.  He was therapist of the year in 1983.  In 1986 he was a delegate to the AARC House of Delegates.  From 1998- 2007 he was a member, Board of Directors as delegate from Chapter one.  He was treasurer for the MSRC 2010-2013.  Bill was appointed by Gov. Dukakis to the first Massachusetts Licensure Board for the regulation of the practice of Respiratory Care in 1987.  He chaired the licensure board from 1987-1995.  He was Vice Chairman from 1995-1996.  He holds Massachusetts Respiratory Care license #1.  He was appointed to the NBRC in 1984.  He served on the NBRC until 1991, including as its’ president in 1989 & 1990.  He also served on the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education from 1992-1996 and was chair in 1996.


Jackie L. Long-Goding, PhD, RRT-NPS, FAARC - 2014 Awardee

Jackie first joined the MSRC board as the delegate from Chapter 3 in 1980.  She has given nearly continuous service on the Program & Education Committee since 1985.  She was editor of Pneumonics for many years.  She was the MSRC president in 1987.  She was therapist of the year in 1989.  She submitted the application for Massachusetts to host an AARC international fellow five times and subsequently coordinated the fellows’ visits to MA.  She has been a delegate to the AARC House of Delegates and later was elected to serve on the AARC Nominations Committee representing the House of Delegates.  She has served on the AARC Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Committee as well as the Ethics Committee.

Jackie was appointed to the NBRC by AARC president Bob Demers in 1993.  She has held several committee chairmanships including the CRT entry-level Examination Committee, the Perinatal-Pediatric Specialty Exam Committee and the Judicial and Ethics Committee.  She was elected secretary of the NBRC in 1998 and 1999 and was the president of the NBRC in 2000 and 2001.  She has also served as program director for three respiratory care programs, including being the founding director of the respiratory care program at Massachusetts Bay Community College.  She became a Fellow of the AARC in 2007.


John Thompson, RRT - 2014 Awardee

For nearly 40 years this person has contributed enormously to the field of Respiratory Care.  From Quinsigamond Community College to the ICU’s of MGH, this person’s intellectual curiosity and technical know-how have guided him through the early stages of our profession to the advanced practices that exist today.  His first interest was pediatrics, beginning at MGH and then at Boston’s Children Hospital, where a very small respiratory department was finding it’s footing.  In the early years as director of the department, this person devoted his energy to understanding the complexities of infants and children, while investigating the technological possibilities to care for them.  This person worked side by side with physicians and researchers as they turned to him to help them understand some of the unsolved mysteries of their patients.  This person is a lecturer, researcher, mentor and above all, a true leader.  As a director, he always made the right decisions and never lost sight of what is most at stake-----the patients we care for.  This person also was a recipient of the Emmanuel Makros, therapist of the year award in 1991.  He has written articles for the Respiratory Care Journal.  He became a Fellow of the AARC in 2004.


Class of 2016

Robert "Bob" Kacmarek, PhD, RRT, FCCM, FCCP, FAARC - 2016 Awardee

Bob has been an AARC member since 1967. He received his B.S. degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He received his Masters and PhD at Northwestern University also in Illinois. He became a CRT in 1971 and a RRT in 1973. He has been on over 40 professional memberships. From the 1970’s -1980’s he was a member of many committees on the Illinois Society of Respiratory Care. For close to 50 yrs. he has led the way in respiratory care education, management and research. He has trained hundreds of students the right way and became what is surely one of the most prolific and best known author of respiratory care articles and books over the past four decades, according to a former AARC fellow. For years he was on a Respiratory Advisory Committee for a homecare company. Since the 1980’s, 1990’s and some currently he has been on many hospital committees. He was an oral examiner for the NBRC and has been on over 10 committees for them. He has been an active member of the AARC, such as a delegate, bylaws committee, continuing education subcommittee to name a few. Bob has been a member of the American Heart Association, as a certified instructor trainer. He has been on the American College of Chest Physicians Committee. Bob has been on over 15 editorial boards which included the Respiratory Care Journal, The Respiratory Times, Critical Care Medicine, American Review of Respiratory Diseases, Intensive Care Medicine, The New England Journal of Medicine and the European Respiratory Journal…..just to name a few. Since 1988 he has been a member of the Respiratory Care Advisory Committee for Massasoit Community College. For 11 years, he was a member of the Respiratory Care Advisory Committee for Newbury College. He has received many awards and honors such as, the Inhalation Therapy Services Literary Award, Ohio Medical Research Award, Best Teacher Award from MGH. He has received College Medalist Award from the American College of Chest Physicians to name a few. He is a fellow of the AARC, the American College of Chest Physicians and of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He has received over 10 grants. He has also received the Jimmy A. Young medal from the AARC for exemplary service to the AARC and advancement of the respiratory care profession (2008). Bob has written hundreds of publications and reviews relating to respiratory care. He has also written many books such as, The Essentials of Respiratory Care, Egan’s Fundamentals of Respiratory Care, Monitoring in Respiratory Care, Advanced Respiratory Care ……to name a few. Some of these were with Dr. Hess. Bob has done research in High Frequency Ventilation, pressure control recruitment maneuvers, partial liquid ventilation and NIPPV… name a few. He has lectured for the MSRC for years, always making himself available and has filled in for other speakers. He is currently Professor of Anesthesiology, Harvard Medical School and the Director of Respiratory Care at MGH.


Dean R. Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC - 2016 Awardee

Dean has been an AARC member since the early 70’s and a lifetime member since 1999. He has many years of experience in respiratory care, including clinical, research, teaching and administrative responsibilities. His research interests include aerosol delivery techniques, adult mechanical ventilation and critical care monitoring. He is a fellow of both the AARC and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has had a high level of professional activity, including committee appointments with the AARC, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Thoracic Society and two years as president for the NBRC (1992-93). He has published over 200 papers and a number of books related to the respiratory care field. He has also served on the editorial boards of several other medical journals, such as the Journal of Aerosol Medicine, International Anesthesiology Clinics and Critical Care Alert. He has lectured extensively throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa and South America. He has received numerous awards including the Forrest M. Bird award for lifetime scientific achievement (1999). He received the Jimmy A. Young medal from the AARC for exemplary service to the AARC and the advancement of the respiratory care profession (2006). Dean also received the Robert H. Miller RRT award from the NBRC for respiratory care practitioners who have served the profession and have been instrumental in its growth over a significant period of time (2007). He has received a clinical/teaching award from the society of Critical Care Medicine (2009). In 2011 he received the Henry D. Chadwick medal from the American Lung Association of New England’s medical and scientific branch, known formerly as the Massachusetts Thoracic Society. This medal is the highest honor awarded by the branch, given each year to recognize exemplary contributions to the study and treatment of tuberculosis and other thoracic diseases. Dean has also received many other awards. He was Assistant Director of Respiratory Care and Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School for many years. He is currently Editor-in- Chief of the Respiratory Care Journal. He has lectured for the MSRC for over 20 years.


Ray Ritz, BA, RRT, FAARC - 2016 Awardee

Ray has been an AARC member since 1977. He was born and brought up in Wheeling, West Virginia. He went to West Liberty State College and majored in Physical Chemistry. He wanted to be a science teacher and also wanted to coach football and wrestling. Since teaching positions at the time were hard to come by, he followed a friend's recommendation to apply for an OJT job at Ohio Valley Medical Center. He then moved to Seattle and took a staff position at Harborview Medical Center. He worked his way up the ladder to supervisor, interim manager and then manager of the Respiratory Care Dept. Ray spent 15 yrs. there before coming the Assistant Director of Clinical Services at MGH in Boston. After 15 yrs. at MGH he went to BIDMC and was assistant manager before becoming the manager. Some of Ray’s accomplishments include publications in many journals such as, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Respiratory Care Journal, Journal of Applied Physiology, The Journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, to name a few. He has also written or coauthored chapters in books such as, “Monitoring in Respiratory Care” and “ Irwin and Rippe’s Procedures, Techniques and Minimally Invasive Monitoring in Intensive Care Medicine”, to name a couple. Ray became a fellow of the AARC in 1999. He has lectured in other countries. Ray has lectured for many years for the MSRC and AARC. Ray has been one of the fields experts on mechanical ventilation and evaluating the interaction between the patient and the ventilator. One of Ray’s most impactful contribution is taking esophageal balloon manometry from an occasional measurement for educational purposes to a routine measurement performed by respiratory therapists. If asked, Ray will to tell you that he is most proud of seeing therapists grow as professionals and to reach their maximum potential in order to provide the best care for patients.


Class of 2017

Paul Nuccio, RRT, FAARC - 2017 Awardee

Information to come.


Michael Jackson, RRT - 2017 Awardee

Information to come.


Gina Farquhason, MBA, RRT - 2017 Awardee

Information to come.

Emanuel Makros

Therapist of the Year Award

The Emanuel Makros Therapist of the Year Award is awarded by the MSRC Board of Directors to the Respiratory Care Practitioner of the Year. The Makros Award is given in memory of the late Emanuel Makros of Boston, who, although terminally ill, continued to work at his profession giving exemplary care to his patients and in general upholding the highest ideals of the profession of Respiratory Care. The Emanuel Makros Award has been given annually since 1975. Individuals nominated for this award are those who exemplify our profession and who:

  1. Are member of the Massachusetts Society for Respiratory Care (or AARC),
  2. Have at least two years experience in the field at any level beyond the student,
  3. Display exceptional skill, judgment and empathy in dealing with patients,
  4. Support the reputation and ideals of the field of Respiratory Care in a positive manner through example and interactions with the public,
  5. Who is an active member in the profession,
  6. Is involved in respiratory therapy activities within the community that allow for service to the community, e.g., active within the local Lung Association, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or other health-related organizations,
  7. Is involved in community activities that do not include the above health-related activities, e.g., Girl and Boy Scouts, Girl and Boys Club, YMCA/YWCA.

Because of the nature of the award, the recipient should have a blending of the above guidelines as part of his/her professional profile.


Stephen Hamilton, RRT-NPS


1970's Awardees

1975 - Richard Enos
1976 - Andre Perlo
1977 - Charlie Fezzie
1978 - Cheryl Vitale
1979 - Information not available

1980's Awardees

1980 - Information not available
1981 - Joan Tourigney
1982 - Linda Nelson
1983 - William Goding
1984 - Tony Traino
1985 - Chuck Cosgrove
1986 - Mary Briggs
1987 - Robert Simmons
1988 - Julie Ely
1989 - Jackie Long Goding

1990's Awardees

1990 - Glen Low
1991 - John Thompson
1992 - Chris Hirsch
1993 - Elizabeth Brown
1994 - Lynn Sullivan
1995 - William McGarry
1996 - William McDonald
1997 - Gina Farquharson
1998 - Michael Jackson
1999 - Cindy Bowman


2000's Awardees

2000 - Madeleine MacCallum
2001 - Stella Farquharson
2002 - Peggy Robart
2003 - Brenda Laurie
2004 - Kevin Griffin
2005 - Valeri-Ann Bolduc
2006 - Armand Riendeau
2007 - Daniel Jones
2008 - Lauren Perlman
2009 - Laura Lusky

2010's Awardees

2010 - Justine McCauley
2011 - Kevin Strong
2012 - Denise Aveni
2013 - Denise McGarry
2014 - Winston Cook
2015 - Paul Nuccio
2016 - Charles O'Donnell
2017 - Stephen Hamilton

Clarence E. Smith

Vendor of the Year Award

The Clarence E. Smith Award is presented to the outstanding sales representative by the MSRC Board of Directors in recognition of service to the respiratory care profession. The respiratory care profession has long recognized the support of our vendors. Vendor representatives serve on the Program and Education Committee. They provide in-service education to departments when new equipment is introduced to the clinical setting or when there is a new application of existing equipment. Equipment manufacturers, through the assistance of local representatives, provide equipment for respiratory therapists to use in research projects. When the educational programs in Massachusetts were in their start-up phase, Clarence E. Smith supported the labs by donating equipment and supplies. In recognition of his significant support, the former Holliston Junior College honored him by establishing the Clarence E. Smith Respiratory Therapy Laboratory. Clarence E. Smith exemplified the role of vendors in the multifaceted support of respiratory care by the manufacturing community. The Clarence E. Smith Award has been given annually since 1975 to recognize the memory of this individual who epitomized the symbiotic relationship between clinicians and vendors.


  1. Candidates may be nominated by any Active Member of the AARC/MSRC.
  2. Nominations must be accompanied by description supporting the nomination.
  3. The MSRC Board of Directors will evaluate each candidate and select the award recipient based on his/her service to the respiratory therapy profession.
  4. The award will be presented at the MSRC Annual Meeting.

CLARENCE E. Smith Awardee
Bill McGarry - Medtronic


2010's Awardees

2015 - Stella Farquharson
2016 - Nancy Willey
2017 - Bill McGarry