Fred C. LeMaster, D.O., FAODME
2006 Alumnus of the Year
For Fred C. LeMaster, D.O., ’57, there is one consistent theme that has dominated his life as a general practice physician: he enjoyed it. Whether he was operating his private practice on the north end of Tulsa, Okla., serving as director of medical education for the Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital, or working as president of the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association’s Board of Trustees, Dr. LeMaster always made sure he was having fun.
The decision to become a physician was more of a foregone conclusion for Dr. LeMaster, whose father graduated from the American School of Osteopathy in 1917, the last year Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O., signed the diplomas. “He didn’t really give me a choice,” he said of his father. “I think he already had me enrolled.”
After completing an internship at the Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in 1958, Dr. LeMaster went into private practice in Tulsa. Working in what was becoming a booming town in a growing field, Dr. LeMaster left his practice to serve as the director of medical education for Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital.
“When I started there in 1958 there were probably 70 D.O.s on staff,” he said. “When I took the job as director, I had more than 120 residents and interns. It just grew like crazy.”
Dr. LeMaster returned to private practice in 1988, and nearly all of his patients came back with him. One patient was particularly dedicated. “This one guy was the 39th patient I had ever treated, and he came back when I did in ’88,” he said. “I continued to see him until the day he died.”
In an age where word-of-mouth and a small yellow page listing were the key ways that doctors built a practice, Dr. LeMaster relied on relationships to make his way. “I just liked people,” he said. “We drank beer together, went bowling together, went to church together, everything. I just really enjoyed what I was doing.” He was so good at it that at one point he was seeing 85 people in the same family, and he has delivered several third-generation babies.
When asked about the secret to his success, Dr. LeMaster said the answer was simple. “I built a practice that I liked and I made sure I always enjoyed what I was doing.”
Purpose of Award
The Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association (KOAA) Board of Directors established the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1982 to recognize and honor Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) graduates who have made outstanding contributions to KCOM and the osteopathic profession.
The award provides the opportunity for fellow alumni, colleagues, patients, students, and friends of the recipient to honor the Alumnus of the Year and support KCOM's education program.
You Can Make A Difference
All gifts received in honor of Dr. LeMaster are restricted for the KOAA/KCOM Education Program Fund.
Please use the ATSU giving form to make your contribution. Dr. LeMaster will be notified of those who give in his honor.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact Alumni Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org); 866.626.2878, ext. 2307 (toll free).