APA's Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) hosted a social hour at APA's 2005 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., Aug. 18-21, to celebrate the work of Henry Tomes, PhD. Tomes will retire from his position as executive director of APA's Public Interest Directorate this month (see main article).

Seven speakers talked of Tomes's executive skill, contributions to mental health care and the guidance he provided to other psychologists.

"He presented for me a role model of leadership that has persisted for years," said W. Rodney Hammond, PhD, who worked with Tomes at Meharry Medical College in Tennessee and now heads the violence-prevention program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Injury Center.

In particular, Hammond said that he learned how to be calm and thoughtful in high-stress situations by watching Tomes's unruffled approach.

APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD, praised Tomes's ability to manage a complex office with a broad mandate.

"His wise counsel on the complex issues facing APA is something I will sorely miss," said Anderson.

Other speakers at the social hour were Michael Duffy, PhD, BAPPI chair, Gwendolyn P. Keita, PhD, incoming executive director of APA's Public Interest Directorate, James Jones, PhD, director of APA's Minority Fellowship Program, APA President Ronald F. Levant, EdD, and Judith Johnson, executive director of Green Door, an organization that helps people with persistent mental illness and for which Tomes volunteers.

-S. Dingfelder