Thomas L. Northup Lecturer Award

Achievements in Osteopathic Education, Research, Clinical Practice, or Professional Management

To be named a Thomas L. Northup Lecturer, an individual must reflect the stature of Dr. Northup in fields such as education, research, clinical practice, professional management or allied categories of activity. The lecture is delivered during the Academy’s program at the American Osteopathic Association’s annual Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition.

Founding Father of the American Academy of Osteopathy

Thomas L. Northup, DO, was considered the founding father of the American Academy of Osteopathy. In 1937, Dr. Northup led the movement to establish a specialty section of the American Osteopathic Association that would focus on osteopathic structural diagnosis and manipulative therapy. In 1943, the specialty section became known at the Academy of Applied Osteopathy. It was renamed the American Academy of Osteopathy in 1970. Dr. Northup was the secretary-treasurer from 1938 to 1947.

Dr. Northup was the Academy’s first editor. He worked to provide all members with copies of selected papers presented at the AOA’s conventions. This project became known as the yearbook of selected osteopathic papers, and Dr. Northup was the editor until 1950.

Dr. Northup also chaired the Academy’s Publications Committee and the Endowment Committee. In 1948, the Academy granted him the Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor, and he delivered the Academy Lecture in 1955. In addition, he was a prolific contributor to The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. He also served as the AOA’s 1951-52 vice president, and he was the AOA’s 1955 A.T. Still Memorial Lecturer.


Year    Recipient (*denotes deceased)

2016    Martin S. Levine, DO, MPH
2015    John M. Jones, DO
2014    Judith A. O'Connell, DO, MHA, FAAO (text)
2013    Hugh M. Ettlinger, DO, FAAO
2012    Jane E. Carreiro, DO
2011    Brian F. Degenhardt, DO (text)
2010    Kenneth E. Nelson, DO, FAAO, FACOFP (text)
2009    Kenneth H. Johnson, DO, FAAO (text)
2008    Karen M. Steele, DO, FAAO (text)
2007    Hollis H. King, DO, PhD, FAAO (text)
2006    Mark S. Cantieri, DO, FAAO (text)
2005    Dennis J. Dowling, DO, FAAO (text)
2004    John C. Glover, DO, FAAO (text)
2003    Boyd R. Buser, DO, FACOFP (text)
2002    Melicien A. Tettambel, DO, FAAO* (text)
2001    Ann L. Habenicht, DO, FAAO (text)
2000    Michael L. Kuchera, DO, FAAO
1999    James S. Jealous, DO
1998    Eileen L. DiGiovanna, DO, FAAO
1997    Edna M. Lay, DO, FAAO, FCA
1996    Edward G. Stiles, DO, FAAO
1995    Stephen D. Blood, DO, FAAODist, FCA
1994    Gary L. Ostrow, DO
1993    Raymond J. Hruby, DO, FAAODist
1992    William A. Kuchera, DO, FAAO
1991    Robert E. Kappler, DO, FAAODist, FCA
1990    J. Scott Heatherington, DO*
1989    Philip E. Greenman, DO, FAAODist*
1988    John H. Harakal, DO, FAAO*
1987    Robert C. Fulford, DO*
1986    Anthony G. Chila, DO, FAAODist, FCA
1985    Robert W. England, DO, FAAO*
1984    David Heilig, DO, FAAO*
1983    John P. Goodridge, DO, FAAO
1982    Alan R. Becker, DO, FAAO*
1981    David A. Patriquin, DO, FAAO
1980    Harold A. Blood, DO, FAAO*
1979    Harold I. Magoun, Jr., DO, FAAO*
1978    Russell M. Wright, DO*
1977    Viola M. Frymann, DO, FAAODist, FCA*
1976    J. Marshall Hoag, DO, FAAO*
1975    Catherine K. Carlton, DO, FAAO*
1974    R. McFarlene Tilley, DO*

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