On January 28, 2016, a bust of Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, founder of osteopathic medicine, was unveiled in the Michael A. Evan’s Center for Health Sciences. The bronze bust atop a granite pedestal is one of fifty limited castings created by artist Brandon D. Crandall.
“The bust gives a description of how osteopathic medicine came to be a uniquely American health care philosophy that recognizes the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—in optimizing the body’s natural ability to heal itself,” said Paul Evans, D.O., vice president and dean of Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM).
The bust was a gift to the university by James Williams, DO, a family physician who practiced on the west side of Indianapolis for many years. He is also former president of the Indiana Osteopathic Association (IOA). At the unveiling, Dr. Williams helped dedicate the sculpture by sharing stories of his experience as an osteopathic physician. Other attendees of the event included Erin Wernert, executive director of IOA; Michael A. Kuchera, DO; Steve Noone, special assistant to the dean of MU-COM; John Finke, vice president for institutional advamcement; and Bryan Larsen Ph.D., associate dean of biomedical science.
“This is a historic occasion for our college. We will be continually reminded of A.T. Still and his ideas, which were the foundation of the osteopathic profession,” said Dr. Evans. “Everyone who visits the college will now have an even clearer vision of Dr. Still and his contribution to the provision of health care in Indiana, the United States, and the world.”