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The lasting legacy of a medical legend

by Barb Boose No Comments

Roger Anderson Roger Anderson, D.O.’42, FACOS, has always been a giver. He cared for countless patients as a longtime physician. He and two partners bought and operated the hospital in Manning, IA, which they eventually donated to five area churches.

He gave much to his profession, serving on the Iowa Society of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons and chairing the Iowa Board of Osteopathic Examiners. He played a key role in ensuring equal medical reimbursement for osteopathic and allopathic physicians. His leadership moved Iowa to create a composite state licensing board, which continues today as the Iowa Board of Medicine.

Anderson also has contributed, some would say, to controversy, with his proposal to do away with the separate D.O. and M.D. degrees. Frustrated by the lack of understanding of osteopathic medicine and concerned about limited osteopathic training programs in the specialties, he says combining the two would raise the stature of both.

An exemplar of America’s greatest generation, Dr. Anderson has quietly and sometimes not so quietly propelled positive change.

Despite one’s reaction to his view, no one can doubt Anderson’s positive and lasting impact on physicians, patients and the medical profession. His impact is similarly significant and enduring at DMU. He served as a member and president of the National Alumni Association of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, now DMU. Anderson also has established, via his will, a trust that will direct revenue from family-owned farms in Minnesota to the University. Because that revenue will come to DMU in perpetuity, he will benefit physicians, their patients and his profession for decades to come.


Planned gift options allow you to make a major impact on DMU. Contact us at 515-271-1387 or via www.dmu.edu/donations.

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