Remembering a leader

In Memoriam: Donald J. Krpan, DO, FACOFP

Dr. Krpan served as the 104th president of the AOA in 2000-2001.


Donald J. Krpan, DO, FACOFP, passed away on Jan. 4, 2018. Dr. Krpan, 81, was a treasured member of the osteopathic profession, who served as the 104th president of AOA in 2000-2001.

A practicing family and emergency medicine physician for over 20 years, Dr. Krpan was a 1967 graduate of the University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, and one of the first DOs to receive a California license following the Supreme Court decision reauthorizing osteopathic licensure in the state, according to the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC), where he also served as president.

Donald J. Krpan, DO

Dr. Krpan served as Dean and Provost of Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California. He was a member of the board of directors of Mad River Community Hospital in Arcata, California, and a member of the Joint Conference of Arrowhead Regional Medical Centers in San Bernardino, California.

His involvement with the osteopathic profession was wide-ranging. Dr. Krpan was chairman of the ethics committee of the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, a board member of OPSC and the AOA’s Board of Trustee’s and House of Delegates. He was most recently executive director and consultant to the Osteopathic Medical Board of California.

“Dr. Krpan was generous with his resources and tirelessly volunteered his services,” read an OPSC statement. “Dr. Krpan’s booming personality and fiery passion for the osteopathic profession will be sorely missed.”

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12 at Santa Clara de Asis in Yorba Linda, California, immediately followed by a lunch reception at the Yorba Linda Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Osteopathic Foundation, 142 E. Ontario St., Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611.


  1. John M. Peterson, DO

    It was my pleasure to know and to work with Dr. Krpan over many years at the AOA’s House of Delegates meetings and in the Small States Federation/United Federation of Osteopathic Societies. My condolences to the family.

  2. Ron L. Knaus, D.O.

    A valued classmate and a wonderful friend from many years ago. A class act and a wonderful person. Have a safe journey as you cross the bridge. Ron Knaus, D.O., class of 67

  3. Scott Steingard D.O.

    Our family had the pleasure of living down the street from the Krpan’s when they made their home in Phoenix during the 70’s. Between Don and my father, they instilled a passion for osteopathic patient care that was passed to my brother and I, as well as Don’s children. I only hope that Gay and her wonderful family know how much Don meant to the Steingard’s. We will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
    Scott Steingard D.O. Phoenix, Arizona

  4. Agresti

    It is with sadness the we hear of Dr Krpan’s passing. He was a gentleman and certainly a giant in the Osteopathic Profession. We extend our empathy in his loss to his entire family from our family
    The Agresti Family
    Dr Tina Agresti and Dr Linda Agresti
    Dr Ernest Agresti passed away November 9. 2016

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