Professor Alexander Graham Lappin was recently made a Fellow of the Royal Society Chemistry (FRSC). The Royal Society of Chemistry is worldwide organization for the advancement of chemical science, and Fellows are a select group recognized for their outstanding contributions that promote such advancement. Professor Lappin, who joined the faculty in 1982, focuses on mechanistic Inorganic Chemistry and is an authority in the study of electron-transfer and atom-transfer reactions. The FRSC recognizes this scholarship, and also his outstanding 13 years of selfless service as Departmental Chair, the longest term in recent times. As Chair, Professor Lappin guided the Department through critical phases of growth and transition, hired and supported new faculty and their research, provided inspiration and leadership for the expansion Department capabilities and facilities, improved the quality of both undergraduate and graduate education, and established and maintained a collegial atmosphere to ensure excellence in research and scholarship. Finally, FRSC also recognizes Professor Lappin’s excellence as a teacher of both undergraduate and graduate chemistry. Professor Lappin’s comprehensive achievements have greatly advanced the Department and its capabilities, and laid a firm foundation for its future growth, and thus make him an outstanding addition to the Fellows of the Royal Society.