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2007 Living Tribute Award Recipient

Ron Gaber, Ed.S.

Ron Gaber has spent nearly 20 years as the leader of Student and Alumni Services at ATSU’s five graduate and professional schools on the Missouri and Arizona Campuses. He is an associate professor in the department of family medicine, preventive medicine, and community health at ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

A passionate advocate of students, Gaber’s contributions at ATSU span the breadth of student life. In addition to counseling and advising students on personal and academic matters, he has been the catalyst behind numerous initiatives. He co-founded ATSU’s nationally recognized Still Well Program. Gaber developed the Leader-Script program that documents student volunteer leadership, development, and service. He also implemented an annual Student Leadership Workshop for student officers of all clubs and organizations.

Gaber was also the genius behind Still-a-bration, a wildly popular event that occurs each year as part of the Missouri Campus’ Founder’s Day celebration. He is a member of the Admissions Committee, a faculty admission interviewer, faculty advisor to the KCOM Student Government Association and Rotaract. He has chaired dozens of committees since 1988.

Student housing, study lounges, and recreational facilities are also part of Gaber’s domain. He has overseen the building and remodeling of student housing, was an early champion of the Thompson Campus Center and a contributing force behind the cardio exercise room.

Gaber is a certified death educator and co-author of “The Death of Adult Children.” For ten years he taught the death and dying portion of the Complete DO course.

Reflecting on being awarded the Alumni Association’s Living Tribute Award, Gaber says “This is the most significant honor of my career, because it comes from our alumni, the very people I have been honored to serve. For me to be included among the past recipients is like being on an all-star team.”

Established in 1969, the Living Tribute Award provides alumni and friends of the College an opportunity to support outstanding KCOM faculty and administrators.

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