A life in medicine

In Memoriam: Dec. 1, 2023

View the names of recently deceased osteopathic physicians.


The following list of recently deceased osteopathic physicians includes links to obituaries and online memorials if they’re available. Readers can notify the AOA of their deceased colleagues by sending an email to memberservice@osteopathic.org. You may also view a list of past In Memoriam columns.

Anthony V. Alo, DO, 82 (KCU-COM 1967), of Peoria, Arizona, died Nov. 7.

Thomas William Cerato, DO, 73 (PCOM 1980), of Glendale, Arizona, died Nov. 5.

James M. Croak, DO, 81 (MWU/CCOM 1968), of Monclova Township, Ohio, died Feb. 26.

Lynn S. McCurdy, DO, 69 (MSUCOM 1990), of Holt, Michigan, died Oct. 22.

Michael Podolsky, DO, 84 (PCOM 1964), of Dallas, died Oct. 31.

Gregory Lynn Rakestraw, DO, 65 (ATSU-KCOM 1984), of Clearwater, Florida, died Sept. 15.

Editor’s note: If you’d like to honor a colleague with a memorial contribution to the American Osteopathic Foundation, you can do so online.


  1. Gilbert E. D’Alonzo, DO, MS, MACOI

    I was saddened to hear that one of my good friends and mentor, Thomas, Wesley Allen, DO passed away. His important to recognize that he was an important force for our profession. A kinder and more gentle individual would be difficult to find, and his love, for our profession was an important daily part of his life.

    As his successor as editor and chief for our profession, I learned a great deal from him. My success was truly his success.

    I am grateful for having known and worked with Thomas Allen, DO.

  2. John Moore D.O.,J.D.

    Agree. I knew him when I was a CCOM student. Dr. Allen was the
    Internal medicine department chairperson as well as a dean.
    He was a teacher filled with an abundance of medical knowledge.

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