Larry Ellingson, RPh
Board Vice Chair
ADA Chair of the Board 2004-2005
Larry K. Ellingson of Fountain Hills, Arizona, holds a BS in Pharmacy from North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, North Dakota, and an Executive MBA from Babson College in Babson Park, Massachusetts. Larry retired from Eli Lilly and Company in May 2001 after serving as leader of global diabetes for Lilly for more than half of his career. He held several other positions at Lilly including Director of Pharmaceutical New Product Planning for gastrointestinal, skeletal, endocrine, infectious diseases, and any additional marketed products in those areas in the late 1980’s.
Larry continues to remain active with committee work and board positions for a multitude of organizations. Among them are NDSU, Research Park, International Diabetes Federation, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nurse Practitioners Healthcare Foundation, and the American Diabetes Association. His contributions to the Association have been abundant, far-reaching, and have spanned more than 20 years. Within the Association, Larry has been a member of the Industry Advisory, Strategic Marketing Task Force, Strategic Planning Task Force, Big Ticket Task Force, Pinnacle Society, and most recently, the Income Development Committee. He has been Chair/Vice Chair for an equally extensive list of bodies within the Association including the Board of Directors, Fundraising Committee, Executive Committee, and Nominating Committee. He has unquestionably been a positive force and integral to mission delivery.
Larry has been honored several times for achievements in his field. He was honored by being the first and only non–scientist to receive Eli Lilly’s President’s Award and the Lilly Research Award for contributions to diabetes research. In 2001, Eli Lilly created the Ellingson Legacy Award to honor those who provide outstanding service to the customer and Ellingson, himself, was the first recipient. NDSU awarded him the highest honor in 2007, naming him An Outstanding Alumni of the Year for his contributions to the field and to the university. The American Diabetes Association’s Indiana market office presented him with the J.K. Lilly award for his contributions and service in the cause to Stop Diabetes® in 2004, and the home office bestowed Larry with the Charles H. Best Medal for Outstanding Service for his exceptional contributions as Chair of the Board in 2006. Larry most recently received the Wendell Mayes Jr. Award for his extensive service to diabetes advocacy in November, 2013.