Sidney N. Dunn of Carmel, Indiana, is the 2018 recipient of the highest award that the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) bestows on a nonphysician.
The AAO’s 2017-18 president, Michael P. Rowane, DO, MS, FAAFP, FAAO, presented the AAO’s Academy Award to Mr. Dunn on March 22 during the AAO Convocation in Dallas. The award honors nonphysicians who have contributed significantly to osteopathic medicine and whose vision complements the AAO’s. Mr. Dunn is the 18th recipient of the award.
Mr. Dunn currently serves as the executive director of both The Osteopathic Cranial Academy (OCA) and the Osteopathic Cranial Academy Foundation in Indianapolis where he has managed both entities since 2005.
Mr. Dunn is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and he has spent the bulk of his career in the management of an international college fraternity. In 1967, he began working for Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity and in 1974, he became its executive vice president, serving 30 years in that position until his retirement in 2004. After retirement, Mr. Dunn established a management-consulting firm that grew to five association and foundation clients. This background prepared Mr. Dunn to lead the OCA.
When Mr. Dunn accepted the AAO’s award, he told the audience, “[An executive director] cannot do a job well without an appreciation for the work of the volunteers who entrust the management of the organization to [him].”
The OCA is the largest component society of the AAO. Its mission is to teach, advocate and advance osteopathic medicine, including osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine, as envisioned by Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, and William Garner Sutherland, DO, who established osteopathy and cranial osteopathy, respectively.
Mr. Dunn reminded the audience that the OCA is not a static organization but a vibrant society of dedicated professions. He said, “The essence of this honor today is an approbation of the work of our members, and I stand before you as their representative, grateful for the honor and mindful of those who give me the opportunity to manage the dedicated professionals who are the members of the OCA.”
Mr. Dunn also has served on the board of directors, as president and as executive director of the Fraternity Executives Association, and after helping to establish the Fraternity Insurance Purchasing Group, he served as president. He served for three years on the board of directors of the North-American Interfraternity Conference, which awarded him its highest honor, “The Gold Medal,” in 2005.
Active in his local conservative synagogue, Mr. Dunn now serves as its president and has served as its ritual director for the past 24 years. In 2007, he received “The President’s Call to Service Award” from the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives under President George W. Bush for over 4,000 hours of volunteer service to his synagogue. Other honors include the Fraternity Executives Association’s highest honor, “The Distinguished Service Award,” and Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity’s highest honor, “The Order of the Lion,” for extraordinary achievement over a lifetime of service.