I believe that these events taught us three important lessons. First, as an organization, the ACCP must preserve its integrity by creating and bestowing awards very carefully; in this case, the leadership created an award for a friend and colleague at the end of his life. This is a nice sentiment, but it devalues our awards as a formal recognition from our scientific and professional community. Second, we learned that our members are concerned about these issues, and are eager to communicate their opinions forcefully. The ACCP leadership needs to use these intellectual and ethical resources often, and the members should know that their expressed opinions are vital contributions to the College’s work. Third, and most importantly, it highlights our responsibilities as moral agents, both as an organization and as individuals. As moral agents, apology for an error is an imperative. We must take responsibility for our actions, express regret when appropriate, and make amends when possible. It appears Wegener missed that opportunity, but the ACCP did not.