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Alumnus of the Year

Catherine Kenney CarltonCatherine Kenney Carlton, D.O., FAAO
2000 Alumnus of the Year

Catherine Kenney Carlton, D.O., FAAO, a 1938 KCOM graduate, was selected as the KOAA's Alumnus of the Year for 2000 by the KOAA Board of Directors during the spring 2000 Board meeting. She will be recognized and her award presented to her during the Annual KOAA Luncheon and Assembly Meeting which will be held in conjunction with the 2000 American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Convention in Orlando, Fla. All alumni and friends of the College are encouraged to attend and participate in honoring Dr. Carlton during the luncheon meeting which will be held Monday, October 30, 1:15-2:30 p.m., in the Plaza International Ballroom E at The Peabody Orlando.

As far as she is concerned, being an osteopathic physician isn't just a good thing; it's the only thing. "I was 13 when I decided I wanted to be a D.O.," said Dr. Carlton, who has practiced in Fort Worth, Texas, for over 60 years, "and I never changed my mind. Never."

One of the most remarkable aspects of Dr. Carlton's career is the fact that she has practiced at the same location in Fort Worth for over 60 years - the same location where she grew up and eventually practiced with her parents and her husband.

Her parents, Charles Kenney, D.O., '09, and Helene Kenney, D.O., '10, located in Fort Worth in 1920 at a site that is now the Carlton Building and she practiced with them for many years. Her husband, Elbert P. Carlton, D.O., '52, who died in 1972, also practiced in the building that is located in the city's hospital district.

She said some people are surprised when they learn that she is still practicing full time and that she sees up to 25 patients a day, but she wouldn't have it any other way. "I have a busy practice, and I like it. I like the contact with people. I'd rather be practicing than be a couch potato."

The KOAA Board recognizes Dr. Carlton's distinguished career of service to her patients, the osteopathic profession, and the College. Her membership on committees and organizations are numerous and varied. She is a former member and past president of the KOAA Board of Directors. She is a fellow and former president of the American Academy of Osteopathy and was named the Physician of the Year for 1997 by the Texas Society of Osteopathic Family Physicians. She is also a founding member of the Board of Governors of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a former vice president of the Texas Chapter of the KOAA.

As a founding member of the Texas college, she not only donated money to help establish the school, she was an unpaid faculty member. "I was a professor and head of the osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) department at the school for five years," she said. "We (founding members) all donated money and we taught for free. We all did everything we could to get it going."

Dr. Carlton considers herself "very fortunate" to have received training in osteopathic manipulative treatments from her parents who learned their techniques from founder Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O. She received her undergraduate education at Incarnate Work College in San Antonio, Texas, and the University of Texas at Arlington, and has "many fond memories" of her years in Kirksville.

Her sister, Emilie Kenney, D.O., '39, followed her to Kirksville, where she married Philip A. Jackson, D.O., '39, a native of Oxford, England. The couple, now deceased, practiced in England and Dr. Carlton said Dr. Jackson once treated The Queen Mother. All told, there have been 18 relatives of Dr. Carlton's who have practiced osteopathic medicine.

A career highlight was when she was one of three D.O.s from the U.S. invited in 1984 to participate in the First International Congress of Osteopathic Medicine in Brussels, Belgium. "I was the token minority," she said. "The other two were men." Dr. Carlton taught osteopathic manipulative medicine techniques at the congress.

She also found time to raise a family; she has three children, Landon, Helen, and Jane, and seven grandchildren.

On being selected for the award, Dr. Carlton said, "I am thrilled to be selected by the KOAA Board. I think it's a wonderful award."

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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 the KCOM's education program.

All gifts received in honor of the recipient are restricted for the KOAA/KCOM Education Program Fund.

You Can Make A Difference

To further its educational goals and remain a leader in osteopathic medical education, KCOM looks to its loyal graduates and friends for support. Your gift in Dr. Carlton's honor will recognize her lifetime achievements and provide KCOM students with the opportunity to enhance their medical education. Please use the online giving form to make your contribution. Dr. Carlton will be notified of those who give in her honor.

KOAA/KCOM Education Program Fund

This fund provides needed support for the improvement of osteopathic medical education in all KCOM departments. As the founding college of osteopathic medicine, KCOM's mission is to prepare osteopathic physicians who are eminently qualified for the challenges of the 21st century. The goal of the fund is to assist in accomplishing this mission.

Interest income is used to enhance and/or acquire a variety of needed educational resources such as equipment, textbooks and resource books, professional periodicals, innovative educational programs, etc.

Selection of Programs

The number of educational programs funded each year is determined by the identified needs of the College. Annually, the KOAA awards committee receives project nominations of highest priority from the KCOM dean. The awards committee then reviews all nominated proposals and recommends to the ATSU president the project(s) to be funded.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Alumni Affairs by email ( or call 866.626.2878, ext. 2307 (toll free).