2012 Walter F. Snyder Award Recipient: Harry E. Grenawitzke, RS, MPH, DAAS

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NSF International and NEHA presented the prestigious Walter F. Snyder Award to Harry E. Grenawitzke, RS, MPH, DAAS, at the 2012 AEC in San Diego. This award, given in honor of NSF International's cofounder and first executive director Walter F. Snyder, is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of environmental health.

Grenawitzke was honored for his more than 40 years of significant and lasting contributions to the fields of public and environmental health at the international, federal, state, and local levels. His expertise and commitment to environmental health led to important roles in several public health organizations, including NEHA, the Michigan Environmental Health Association (MEHA), the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors, the American Academy of Sanitarians, and NSF International's Council of Public Health Consultants. His work in mentoring colleagues and developing innovative programs and standards that protect public health strengthened these organizations and led to lasting improvements in environmental health.

As an active member of NEHA and MEHA since the 1970s, Grenawitzke served as chairman of several committees and was elected president of NEHA in 1989. He was well known for his ability to develop cooperative agreements between international communities and U.S. environmental health professionals, organizing the first cooperative conferences with Canada and England.

Grenawitzke's personable and effective teaching and training skills have played a key role in his career. Starting in 1989, he became an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He also worked with university officials to develop the environmental health program at Central Michigan University.

In 1990, Grenawitzke joined public health and safety organization NSF International to manage its auditing and training programs. He served in many leadership roles at NSF, including vice president of Regulatory Affairs and Field Services, a role that truly utilized all of his passion for environmental and public health policy. He also served on the NSF International Council of Public Health Consultants, which advises NSF in the development of standards and environmental health programs.

Grenawitzke's expertise was often sought by international authorities. …