John J. Potterat
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John J. Potterat


  1. Associated Students Man of Distinction (Social Sciences, 1963)
  2. Alpha Mu Gamma (Foreign Language Honorary, 1963)
  3. Pi Gamma Mu (Social Science Honorary, 1965)
  4. Gold Fourragere Award (For high scholarship seniors, 1966)
  5. Post Soldier of the Month (Fort Jackson, South Carolina, June 1966)
  6. Vietnam Campaign, Vietnam Service, & Good Conduct medals (Oct 1966–Oct 1967)
  7. Pikes Peak Advertising Federation Award (First Place: VD spots for KKFM, 1973)
  8. BOH Award, April 1979 (By Board of Health, for excellent STD control)
  9. P.W. Jacoe Memorial Award, June 1979 (By the Colorado Public Health Association, for excellence in the physical sciences)
  10. Roy L. Cleere Distinguished Service Award, September 1992  (By the Colorado Public Health Association, for outstanding contribution to public health in the State)
  11. Dr. Nathan Davis Award [PDF: "Career Public Servant at the Local Level"], September 1993  (By the American Medical Association, for "Promoting the Art and Science of Medicine and the Betterment of the Public Health")
  12. Pike's Peak Summit Masters Award, April 1998  (For service to local gay communities)
  13. Hugo Beigel Award (For best article published in The Journal of Sex Research in 1998)
  14. Leadership Award, December 1999 (By the El Paso County Health Dept.)
  15. Exemplary Service Award, December 1999 (By the El Paso County Health Dept. to the STD/HIV division for program excellence)
  16. Member of the Year -- Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation, 2000
  17. Lifetime Achievement Award, Colorado Public Health Association, October 2000
  18. Distinguished Alumnus Award, Santa Monica High School, California, October 2000
  19. Special Recognition Award, June 2001 (By the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association, for “numerous contributions” to the STD field)
  20. Jack N. Spencer Award, March 2002. (By the Centers for Disease Control, for exceptional contributions to innovative, science-based STD programs, and commitment to helping people)
  21. President’s Award, August 2002, Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation
  22. John H. Drabing Award, October 2007, Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation (for “Extraordinary Dedication and Support”)

  • Eponym for epidemiologic concept in STD ("Potterat  structures").
  • Great Minds of the 21st Century, 2010 4th ed., ABI, Raleigh NC, page 268.
  • International Who's Who of Intellectuals 1999, Cambridge, England, pp.595–596.
  • Who's Who In The West ‑ 1996–1997, p. 682.