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Alumnus of the Year

Mervin E. Meck, D.O., ‘46
2005 Alumnus of the Year

Dr. Meck has been an active and loyal alumnus of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine since he graduated in 1946. Dr. Meck practiced osteopathic medicine as a family practitioner for 41 years before retiring in 1987.

“Going to work for all those years was never a chore,” he said. “There were and still are so many people who are ill and need our help.”

Dr. Meck has held leadership positions in the Florida Chapter of the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association. Meck also served on the Florida Mental Health Advisory Planning Council, the Florida State Board of Osteopathic Examiners, and the Medical Advisor Committee for Physicians. In 1983, Dr. Meck served as president of the American Osteopathic Association.

“I felt the need to serve on as many boards and committees as possible because I wanted to help make the industry better for patients and doctors.”

In February 2003, the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association awarded Dr. Meck the Lifetime Achievement award.

“The recognition made me feel useful in a number of ways,” he said. “I was humbled and very surprised. I served to serve, expecting nothing in return.”

As if being a doctor wasn’t enough, Meck also is a registered nurse. He worked as a registered nurse for a few years to help pay for medical school.

“Back in those days, it was unusual for men to be a nurse, but I didn’t care. I wanted to be a doctor and I was not going to let money stand in my way,” he said.

Dr. Meck has an extensive list of accomplishments, but the title he’s most proud of is that of father and grandfather. He has four sons and three grandchildren who keep him busy and extremely tired.

“I have lived a full life for 88 years. It has been a wonderful journey,” he said. “All the recognition and awards are icing on the cake.”

For his never-ending dedication and service, the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association has chosen Dr. Meck as Alumnus of the Year for 2005.

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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 KCOM's education program.

All gifts received in honor of Dr. Meck 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. Meck'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. Meck 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.

For additional information, please contact Alumni Affairs by email ( or call 866.626.2878, ext. 2307.