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Alumnus of the Year

Richard W. Anderson Richard W. Anderson, D.O., FACGP, ’46
2002 Alumnus of the Year

The KOAA Board of Directors selected Richard W. Anderson, D.O., FACGP, a 1946 KCOM graduate, as the KOAA’s Alumnus of the Year for 2002 during the spring Board meeting. He was recognized and his award presented to him during the Annual KOAA Luncheon and Assembly Meeting, which was held in conjunction with the 2002 American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., on Tuesday, October 8.

For Dr. Anderson, it was always about being an osteopathic family physician, not being merely a family physician. “I have always felt very fortunate and blessed to be an osteopathic physician that could practice family medicine and also use osteopathic manipulation,” said Dr. Anderson, who retired from his solo practice in Mesquite, Texas, in 1998.

Dr. Anderson has been an advocate of the osteopathic profession since he was a teenager (an older brother, Esmond G. Anderson, D.O., now deceased, practiced in their hometown of Janesville, Wis.). He said Esmond, a 1931 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathy, was his earliest role model. There were, however, plenty of other siblings—10 to be exact—that influenced him while he was growing up on a farm.

He received his undergraduate education at Milton (Wisconsin) College and Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University). After completing an internship in 1947 at Lakeview Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis., Dr. Anderson practiced in Cudahy, Wis., until he relocated to Mesquite in 1968.

Serving on the KOAA Board of Directors for nine years (1991-2000) allowed him to help support his alma mater and to meet with colleagues. “I enjoyed coming back to Kirksville for KOAA Board meetings and seeing the progress that’s been made since I was in school,” he said. “And it was great to be around alumni who are dedicated to helping improve the College and the osteopathic profession. I enjoyed every minute of my time on the Board.”

His retirement has allowed him to spend more time traveling and hunting, and he has remarried; his first wife, Bessanne, died in 1995. He married Charlotte Rock in San Francisco, Calif., in June 2002.

He also continues to give manipulative treatments to a few close friends and relatives, and regularly participates in meetings of a Dallas osteopathic study group that includes about six D.O.s and D.O. students in Dallas who are dedicated to perpetuating and teaching osteopathic manipulation.

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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. Anderson's honor will recognize his 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. Anderson will be notified of those who give in his 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).