In 1993, FABBS created the Richard T. Louttit Award for Excellence in Government Service. It is awarded to behavioral scientists whose careers of public service have strengthened the science, brought honor to the field, and advanced the capability of behavioral science research to serve the public good. The award is named in honor of Richard T. Louttit who, during his years of government service, brought many behavioral scientists into careers in government, founded and administered support programs that have become mainstays of behavioral science research, and whose career exemplified the highest ideals of government service.
In 1993, for the first time, a scientific organization decided to recognize the importance of the contributions to science made by scientist-administrators in Federal agencies supporting scientific research. The Federation took the lead by establishing an award to be given for "...outstanding contributions to the advancement of the behavioral, psychological and cognitive sciences through exceptional administrative service in government..." I was greatly honored to be the first recipient of the award, and to have it named for me! As I noted in my address at the time: "I have long been an advocate for the science administration as an important and appropriate career for academics scientists." Both permanent career shifts from research to science administration and the appointment of visiting scientists are essential to the continued vitality of Federal science support programs and, thus, the advancement of our fields of science. The periodic awarding of the "Louttit Award" for distinguished careers in science administration will continue to make clear how important these positions are to the field. (Dick Louttit)