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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) graduate Plato E. Varidin, D.O., was selected as one of the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Great Pioneers in Osteopathic Medicine.

As part of the AOA’s Greatness Campaign, AOA members nominated D.O.s, basic scientists, and laymen who have pioneered new frontiers for the osteopathic profession. Dr. Varidin, a 1954 KCOM graduate, was nominated by his peers for this honor that encompasses his career body of work.

“I had no previous knowledge of the award. This is the third year AOA is giving it out and to my knowledge, I am the only practical physician to win the award.” Dr. Varidin said. “They want to mimic pioneers like A.T. Still with this award. That is one hell of an honor.”

Dr. Varidin co-founded Warren General Hospital in Warren, Ohio, in 1956 and served as chief of staff in 1968. In 1972, he founded the Florida Society of American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, which continues to be the largest and most active family medicine society in America. Dr. Varidin also founded the Lake Eerie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton Branch in 2000. He has graduated more than 900 students, interns, and residents since 1984 as director of medical education at Northside Hospital/Heart Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and University General Hospital in Seminole, Fla.

Dr. Varidin served as a member of the KCOM Board of Trustees from 1983-88 and KCOM Alumni Board from 1978-85, where he served as president from 1983-84.

Dr. Varidin’s late son, Mark Varidin, graduated from KCOM in 1984, and his grandson Anthony De Lucia is a 2008 KCOM graduate.

Dr. Varidin continues to practice part-time and lives in Seminole, Fla.

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Friends and alumni to be honored at AOA Convention in New Orleans

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association (KOAA) will honor several individuals at their annual meeting which will be held in conjunction with the American Osteopathic Association Convention in New Orleans on November 2.

Each year, the KOAA recognizes outstanding alumni and friends with various awards. “The individuals honored ensure the continued reputation of excellence at our University,” said the KOAA Board of Directors President Jeff Summe, D.O. “At the same time, these individuals set a high standard for the aspiration and goals of KCOM. We are proud to honor their leadership, service, and commitment.”

The Alumnus of the Year Award, established in 1982, recognizes graduates who have made outstanding contributions to the College and the osteopathic profession. Wilbur Hill, D.O., ’51, of Liberty, Mo., is the 2009 Alumnus of the Year.

The Living Tribute Award was established in 1969 and honors outstanding ATSU-KCOM faculty and administration. Margaret Wilson, D.O., ’82, chair of community/family medicine, is the 2009 Living Tribute Award recipient. To date, 35 distinguished individuals have received this award.

The Distinguished Service Award, established in 1991, recognizes alumni and friends who have provided outstanding service and/or financial support to ATSU-KCOM. The 2009 honorees are Larry Wickless, D.O., ’67, AOA president; and Richard Cenedella, Ph.D, biochemistry professor at ATSU-KCOM.

The Honorary KOAA Membership was established in 1948 to recognize individuals who rendered meritorious service to osteopathic education. The 2008 honorees being honored at this year’s convention are Dean Maag, Academic Technologies director; Norine Eitel, Sponsored Programs director; Steve Jorden, Student Financial Services director; and Ruth Chronister, Pharmacology executive secretary.

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 14, 2008 ) A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association (KOAA) will honor several individuals at their annual meeting which will be held in conjunction with the American Osteopathic Association Convention in Las Vegas on October 27.

Each year, the KOAA recognizes outstanding alumni and friends with various awards. “The individuals honored ensure the continued reputation of excellence at our University,” said the KOAA Board of Directors. “At the same time, these individuals set a high standard for the aspiration and goals of KCOM. We are proud to honor their leadership, service, and commitment.”

The Alumnus of the Year Award, established in 1982, recognizes graduates who have made outstanding contributions to the College and the osteopathic profession. Robert Kromer, D.O., ’52, of Longboat Key, Fla., is the 2008 Alumnus of the Year.

The Living Tribute Award was established in 1969 and honors outstanding faculty and administration. ATSU’s Arizona Campus Provost Craig M. Phelps, D.O., FAOASM, ’84, of Scottsdale, Ariz., is the 2008 Living Tribute Award recipient.

The Distinguished Service Award, established in 1991, recognizes alumni and friends who have provided outstanding service and/or financial support to ATSU-KCOM. The 2008 honorees are Lex C. Towns, Ph.D., of Yakima, Wash., and Roland P. Sharp, D.O., ’43, of Marlinton, W. Va.

The Honorary KOAA Membership was established in 1948 to recognize individuals who rendered meritorious service to osteopathic education. The 2008 honorees are Doug Wood, D.O., Ph.D., of Mesa, Ariz.; Brian Degenhardt, D.O., of Ridgway, Colo.; Fanchon “Fancy” Funk, Ed.D., of Tallahassee, Fla.; and Robert Basham of Kirksville, Mo.

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (July 22, 2008 ) – Local author Georgia Warner Walter, B.S., D.O.Ed. (Hon.), was selected as one of the American Osteopathic Association’s Great Pioneers in Osteopathic Medicine in May and will be honored during a ceremony in Chicago on July 18. Walter will join 39 other Great Pioneers at the induction ceremony.

As part of the AOA’s Greatness Campaign, AOA members nominated D.O.s, basic scientists, and laymen who have pioneered new frontiers for the osteopathic profession. Walter was nominated by her peers for this honor, and will become one of the AOA’s first 40 Great Pioneers.

Walter wrote “The First School of Osteopathic Medicine: A Chronicle,” which was published for A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine during its centennial celebration. Walter says the book, which took more than 10 years to complete, began as a short essay written for Kirksville magazine. The essay, titled “The Beginning,” was well-received and prompted the college to request a full exploration of the school’s past to coincide with its 100-year birthday. The book was published on time in 1992.

Walter served as director of the A.T. Still Memorial Library at KCOM from 1969 to 1986. Upon her retirement, she was awarded the honorary doctor of osteopathic education degree. She has written three books on osteopathic medicine in addition to publishing “First School.” Her other titles include “Osteopathic Medicine: Past and Present,” “Women in Osteopathic Medicine: Historical Perspectives,” and “The First D.O.”

Walter is passionate about her belief that the unique brand of medicine called “osteopathy” still needs further exploration and study. “There are a lot of good books about its history,” she says, “but I think we’re still missing a lot. There is a lot more work that could be done.”

Walter received the regional Daughters of the American Revolution “Women in History” award and won the Gottlieb Prize from the National Medical Library Association in 1979 for “Osteopathic Medicine: Past and Present.” In 1990, she received the Living Tribute Award from KCOM, and the reading room of the ATSU library was named in her honor.

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