Robert E. Kappler, DO, passed away on Oct. 18, 2017. Dr. Kappler devoted 55 years to mentoring the next generation of osteopathic physicians as a professor and chair of the department of osteopathic medicine at Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU/CCOM). Dr. Kappler graduated from MWU/CCOM in 1958 and later also served as MWU/CCOM’s assistant director of clinics; assistant clinical dean; associate dean, clinical sciences; and as the Chicago Osteopathic Hospital chief of staff.
Dr. Kappler received the Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor, the highest award presented by the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO), for his accomplishments, and also received the Fellow of the AAO Distinguished Service Award. Read the AAO obituary here.
Dr. Kappler started the Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP), a group that continues to meet to discuss ideas pertaining to the teaching of osteopathic principles and practices. He also founded the osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) fellowship program and was named to the first class of the AOA’s Great Pioneers in Osteopathic Medicine.
During his distinguished career, several professional athletes, dignitaries, and entertainers sought out Dr. Kappler for treatment, including the 1985 Super Bowl champions, the Chicago Bears.