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6COMMUNIQUWINTER20156COMMUNIQUWIWINTENTER2R2015MOCFALEGACYOFHEALTHYPHILANTHROPYwithanannualcelebrationbyPatGrauerITWAS1959whenAlanPottsD.O.newlyinstalledpresidentoftheMichiganAssociationofOsteopathicPhysiciansandSurgeonsnowtheMichiganOsteopathicAssociationmadeabreathtakingpronouncementduringhispresidentialaddressMichiganwouldbethehomeofthenextcollegeofosteopathicmedicine.Itwasanambitioustaskbecausenonewcollegeshadbeenestablishedinmorethan30years.ThevehicleinwhichthisdreamwouldridewastheMichiganOsteopathicCollegeFoundationatrustfundforwhicheachMAOPSmemberwastaxed2000anenormoussumatthetimepayableover10years.Itwassuccessful.By1969theMichiganCollegeofOsteopathicMedicinewasestablishedinPontiacbecamepartofMichiganStateUniversityin1971andhasgrownintotheworld-classinstitutionweknowasMSUCOM.ThatlegacyofgivingsocharacteristicoftheosteopathicprofessioniswhatmadeourcollegewhatitistodaysaidDeanWilliamD.Strampel.TheMOCFstandsasatestamenttothegenerosityofosteopathicphysicianstheircommitmenttosustainingtheirprofessionforthefutureandtheirappreciationforexcellenceineducationandresearch.BUTTHATSNOTTHEENDOFTHESTORY.Throughcarefulmanagementandcreativefund-raisingtheMOCFisstillthrivingtodaywithacorpusofnearly8millionandinterestthatpaysformanyworthyprojectsandinitiatives.Itsthecollegessilentpartnersomuchsothatin1997MSUPresidentPeterMcPhersonpresentedtheMOCFboardwiththeFrankS.KedzieAwardinrecognitionofits1millionincontributions.In2005tosharplyreducethefoundationsadministrativecoststhefundsmanagementwastransferredtoMSUasa3millionendowmentprovidingforaguaranteedincomeandprotectionoftheprincipalfrommarketuctuations.TheMOCFBallanannualgalaeventthatbringstogethermembersoftheosteopathicprofessionfromacrossMichiganisnearlyasoldasthefunditselfandwasinitiallyorganizedandexecutedbytheMAOPSAuxiliary.WhentheMOCFwasmovedtocampussodidresponsibilityfortheBall.In2006therstMSU-ledBallattractedTHATLEGACYOFGIVINGSOCHARACTERISTICOFTHEOSTEOPATHICPROFESSIONISWHATMADEOURCOLLEGEWHATITISTODAY.THEMOCFSTANDSASATESTAMENTTOTHEGENEROSITYOFOSTEOPATHICPHYSICIANSTHEIRCOMMITMENTTOSUSTAININGTHEIRPROFESSIONFORTHEFUTUREANDTHEIRAPPRECIATIONFOREXCELLENCEINEDUCATIONANDRESEARCH.-WilliamStrampelDeanmThegroundbreakingceremonyfortheMichiganCollegeofOsteopathicMedicine.