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WesternU Co-founder Awarded Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California Highest Honor

by Rodney Tanaka

November 8, 1999

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Richard E. Eby, DO, DSc (Hon.), DEd (Hon.), PhD, FACOOG, a nationally

recognized osteopathic physician and the co-founder of what is now Western

University of Health Sciences (WesternU), has received the Lifetime

Achievement Award from the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of

California (OPSC) association.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the OPSC’s highest honor.

“”Dick has done so much for the osteopathic profession, more than can ever

be documented,”” said WesternU President Philip Pumerantz, PhD. “”He always

downplays the tremendous influence he has had, but his impact is profound

and will affect the profession for decades to come.””

Dr. Eby, a 1937 graduate of the College of Osteopathic Physicians and

Surgeons in Los Angeles, worked with a group of other osteopathic

physicians in the 1960s to early 1970s to see that Proposition 22 – passed

by California voters in 1962 which amalgamated the California Osteopathic

Association with the California Medical Association – was overturned by

the California Supreme Court in 1974.

Dr. Eby is a co-founder of the OPSC and is a trustee. He founded the

former Park Avenue Hospital in Pomona and he is a co-founder of the

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), which opened in

1977 and remains a college of WesternU. He is trustee emeritus of the

University. In addition, Dr. Eby was president of the Kansas City College

of Osteopathic Medicine from 1963-66.

Dr. Eby is now retired from medicine and, with his wife, Barbara, lives in

Victorville, California. The two dedicate their lives to Christian



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