KIRKSVILLE, Mo.- A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association (KOAA) Board of Directors presented its legendary awards on Oct. 9, 2012, at the annual KOAA Luncheon and Assembly meeting. It was held in conjunction with the American Osteopathic Association Convention in San Diego, Calif.

Larry A. Wickless, DO, MACOI, ’67, of Sarasota, Fla., was selected as Alumnus of the Year for 2012. Dr. Wickless served nine years on the Board of Trustees for ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and is a past recipient of the KOAA Distinguished Service Award.

Toni R. Patterson, DO, FAOCA, ‘79 of Town and Country, Mo., was honored with the Living Tribute Award. Dr. Patterson is an adjunct associate professor for surgery at ATSU-KCOM. She has held many positions with the University, including chair of surgery, associate dean for faculty affairs, and chair of Anesthesiology.

Orin B. Mock, PhD, of Kirksville, Mo., is a recipient of the KOAA Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Mock is emeritus professor of anatomy at ATSU-KCOM and became an honorary member of KOAA in 1997.

Janet Bunch, of Kirksville, Mo., is also the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award. Bunch has served ATSU for over 42 years, with 30 of those years serving as director of alumni relations. Her responsibilities included assisting the KOAA and its Board of Directors. She worked with the board to expand membership, establish the KOAA-KCOM Education Program Fund, and develop and complete the Thompson Campus Center. Bunch now works in Student Affairs as student affairs generalist.

Jeff L. Summe, DO, FAOASM, ’87, of Sun Valley, Idaho, also received a Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Summe is a continuous supporter of the University and has served on the KOAA board for many years. He established two endowments to provide long-term sustainability for ATSU.

Connie Blood, of Alexandria, Va., was awarded an Honorary KOAA Membership. Blood has served the osteopathic profession as a wife, office support staff, and fundraiser for ATSU-KCOM for nearly four decades.

Patricia Deloss McWilliams, of Carefree, Ariz., is another recipient of an Honorary KOAA Membership. McWilliams is a graduate of Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University). She donated her painting, “The Healing Touch” to the University, which depicts Dr. A.T. Still’s compassionate provision of healthcare. Copies of the portrait are displayed on the Missouri campus. McWilliams and her husband, Thomas E. McWilliams, DO, ’76, associate dean, graduate medical education, established The Healing Touch Fund to assist ATSU-KCOM and ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona students and their families experiencing a health crisis.

Sheridan C. Patterson, of Stilwell, Okla., was also awarded an Honorary KOAA Membership. Patterson has demonstrated her support and commitment to ATSU-KCOM through generous financial support and continued interest in progress made by the University. She is a past recipient of the KOAA Distinguished Service Award and a member of the Legacy Society, Still Society, and A.T. Still Founder Lifetime Giving Club.

Nandor J. Uray, PhD, of Kirksville, Mo., was also honored with an Honorary KOAA Membership. Dr. Uray recently retired as a professor of anatomy at ATSU-KCOM. During his 31 years of teaching, he also pursued studies that focused on the effect of hormones and alcohol on brain development. Dr. Uray served as the acting chair for anatomy and awarded the 2009-2010 A.T. Still Staff Award.


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Dr. Halliday

Chris Halliday, DDS, MPH

Kirksville, Mo.– Christopher Halliday, DDS, MPH, dean, ATSU Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, has been appointed to the State of Missouri’s student loan authority. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Dr. Halliday on Aug. 27 to serve on the board for the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA).

Prior to becoming dean at ATSU-MOSDOH, Dr. Halliday served as chief of staff for the U.S. surgeon general and chief dental officer for the U.S. Public Health Service. He is also a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service.

Dr. Halliday’s term on the MOHELA board ends Oct. 22, 2013. He will begin serving immediately but will need confirmation by the Missouri Senate when lawmakers return to the Capitol.


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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The A.T. Still University (ATSU) Board of Trustees met July 27-28 in Santa Fe, N.M., to elect new members and appoint officers at its quarterly meeting.

New board members are Isaac R. Navarro, DMD, ’08, of Visalia, Calif., and G. Scott Drew, DO, FAOCD, ’87, of Marion, Ohio.

ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, FAOASM, ’84, says, “We are honored to welcome Drs. Navarro and Drew as members of the Board of Trustees. As alumni, they can draw from their experiences as former students and now practicing healthcare professionals and help the Board advance the mission of the University.” 

 Dr. Navarro, a 2008 graduate of ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, is the Medical Director of Family Health Care Network in Woodlake, Ivanhoe, and Three Rivers, Calif.

 Dr. Drew, a 1987 graduate of ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, is a practicing, board certified dermatologist, has been a member of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association (KOAA) Board of Trustees since 2004, and served as KOAA president from 2010-11.

 The following continuing board members were appointed as officers: Clyde H. Evans, PhD, of Needham, Mass., is chair, Robert W. Uhl of Phoenix, Ariz., is vice chair, and James Cannon, DHA, PA-C, ’97, of Chesapeake, Va., is the newly appointed secretary. 

 “As chair, I look forward to working with new and returning board members to continue the tradition of Dr. Andrew Taylor Still and to bring our University to even greater prominence,” says Dr. Evans.

 Members named to serve on the Audit Team include: Reid W. Butler, JD, chair, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Ronald W. Winkler of Kirksville, Mo.; Clyde H. Evans, PhD, and Robert W. Uhl.

 The following will also continue their service on the Board: Manuel C. Bedoya, DMD, of Tucson, Ariz; Daniel L. Biery, DO, FACOI, FACG, ’72, of Phelps, N.Y.; Chester W. Douglass, DMD, PhD, MPH, of Newton, Mass.; Stanley E. Grogg, DO, FACOP, FAAP, ’71, of Tulsa, Okla.; Robert L. King, JD, of Lexington, Ky.; Paul A. Lines, DDS, MS, of Tempe, Ariz.; and Dorothy M. Munch, DO, ’85, of Williamsville, Mo. The Board of Trustees is comprised of 14 members.

 Dr. Evans and Dr. Phelps expressed their appreciation to ATSU Board of Trustees members who completed their term of service at the July meeting. Those included Cynthia D. Byler, DO, ’95, MPH, ’04, of St. Louis, Mo.; Kenneth A. Burdick, JD, of Minneapolis, Minn.; Carl G. Bynum, DO, ’75, MPH, of Jefferson City, Mo.; and John G. Robinson of Scottsdale, Ariz.

The next board meeting is scheduled during Founder’s Day, October 26-27, 2012, in Kirksville, Mo.


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Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, inaugural dean of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH-ATSU), was recently interviewed by Arizona Money Radio 1510 on July 19.  Dr. Dillenberg discussed ATSU, ASDOH and our relationship with Thunderbirds Charities during the interview. Listen to the interview.


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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine SM, Springfield-Greene County Library District, and the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, have partnered to develop a new digitization project documenting Missouri’s World War I history. 

“Over There: Missouri and the Great War” is a statewide, collaborative effort to place documents, photographs, artifacts and other media into a single digital archive.  The project partners received a Library Services and Technology Act Digital Imaging grant from the Missouri State Library for$47,803 to develop the project. The grant was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Said Debra Loguda-Summers, curator, “We welcome the chance to work with the Springfield-Greene County Library District, and the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis on this World War I project. Showing the role of osteopathy in World War I and examining the public and private collections in Northeast Missouri for artifacts that represent that period of time.”

Brian Grubbs, project director based at the Springfield-Greene County Library District, added, “We are very excited to work with the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine SM and the Missouri History Museum. Each of the partners has successfully completed digital imaging grants on Missouri history, and brings a vast knowledge to the table.”

The First World War reshaped much of the modern world, and Missourians actively contributed to various aspects of the war effort.  Missouri industries fulfilled military contracts to supply mules, munitions and other goods to Allied armies.

According to the Missouri State Archives, more than 156,000 Missourians served in the war.  Prominent Missourians who fought in the war include Gens. John J. Pershing and Enoch Crowder, the future President Harry S. Truman, and Walt Disney. The last surviving U.S. veteran from World War I, Frank Buckles, was a Missouri native. 

Later this summer, project partners will begin to canvas the state searching for WWI collections.  “Not only are we looking for material in museums, archives, and libraries,” Grubbs said, “but we will include private collections and family heirlooms in this project.” 

More information about how the public can contribute to the project will be made available in the coming months.    

This project seeks to enhance the understanding of Missouri’s role in the Great War in preparation for the centennial remembrance beginning in 2014.


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