October 24, 2017
Robert E. Kappler, D.O., CCOM 1958, passed away on October 18, 2017. Dr. Kappler devoted 55 years to mentoring the next generation of osteopathic physicians as a professor and the Chair of the Department of Osteopathic Medicine at CCOM. He also served as the Assistant Director of Clinics; Assistant Clinical Dean; Associate Dean, Clinical Sciences; and as the Chicago Osteopathic Hospital Chief of Staff. He received the Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor, the highest award presented by the American Academic of Osteopathy (AAO), for his outstanding accomplishments and received the Fellow of the AAO Distinguished Service Award.
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 Great Pioneers in Osteopathic Medicine by the American Osteopathic Association. During his distinguished career, several professional athletes, dignitaries, and entertainers sought out Dr. Kappler for treatment including the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears.