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ATHENS - Frank W. Myers, D.O., 85, died Nov. 19, 2018, surrounded by family. The cause of death was COPD. Frank was a true leader in Osteopathic Family Medicine, helping to establish the first osteopathic family residency in the country in 1973 at the Nordonia Hills Clinic in northeast Ohio. That same year, he was named co-recipient of the Ohio Osteopathic General Practitioner of the Year award. His involvement in the Ohio Osteopathic Association and concern about improving healthcare access in underserved areas of Ohio led to his participating in the creation of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1976. He became dean in 1977, steering the college as it grew from a class size of 24 to 100 students when he retired in 1993. Dr. Myers' voice was known to hundreds of thousands of listeners of the Family Health radio show, heard on hundreds of stations around the United States as well as the Armed Forces Radio Network. Following his retirement, he continued his service to the community, volunteering health care services at Planned Parenthood and serving as treasurer and maintenance coordinator at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens. Frank grew up in Hudson, South Dakota, the son of Mark Wayne Myers, D.O. and Kathleen Frank Myers. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1955 and the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa in 1959. His outstanding professional career was matched by his love for and dedication to his wife of 62 years, Lorraine of Akron; daughters Hallie Bowie (Scott Evans;) Keya Myers Alkire (Dave Alkire); and grandchildren Hannah Bowie, Aaron Bowie, and Dean Alkire. A memorial service will be held in Athens in January. In lieu of flowers, you may make a contribution in Frank Myers' name to Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio or the Ohio Osteopathic Scholarship Fund, PO Box 8130, Columbus, OH 43201.
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