Fred C. Tinning,
2003 Living Tribute Award
Fred C. Tinning, Ph.D., of Kirksville, Mo., A. T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) president emeritus, is the recipient of the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association (KOAA) Living Tribute Award for 2003.
The KOAA Board of Directors selected Dr. Tinning for his many years of outstanding service to the College and to the osteopathic profession.
When Dr. Tinning became the eighth president of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) in 1984, he said he was committed to one goal: “To do what is right for the institution, by preserving traditions and planning tomorrows.”
That commitment served him well throughout his 12-year tenure. Before he retired in 1996, the school dedicated a new education center in 1994 that is named in his honor and began the allied health campus in Phoenix that has developed into the Arizona School of Health Sciences, now located in Mesa.
Dr. Tinning was the assistant dean for planning and program operations at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) and professor prior to coming to Kirksville. A former chair of the Board of Governors of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, in 1992 he delivered the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Andrew Taylor Still Centennial Memorial Lecture and received the National Rural Health Association’s Louis Gorin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rural Health Services.
A graduate of Michigan State University (MSU), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1959, a master’s degree in 1961, and a doctorate in philosophy in 1973, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the MSU Alumni Association in 1999 for his outstanding community, state, and national service.
Dr. Tinning and his wife, Janet, have three daughters: Marie Duzan of Memphis, Mo., the mother of four daughters; Jean Virkus of Rochester, Mich., a public health manager covering five states for a vaccine manufacturer; and Laura A. Tinning, D.O., ’00, a family practice and osteopathic manipulative medicine resident in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Established in 1969, the Living Tribute Award provides alumni and friends of the College an opportunity to support outstanding KCOM faculty and administrators. All donations in honor of Dr. Tinning are restricted for use by the KOAA/KCOM Education Program Fund.