President's Message

Dear Members:

The Osteopathic Cranial Academy Foundation Board of Directors recalls the memories of Lou Hasbrouck and Edna Lay who were the last two of William Garner Sutherland's students. Their generation and those who followed and are gone, were visionaries ripe with Excellence, Generosity and Commitment who carried on Sutherland's work. Included to name a few, Viola Frymann DO FCA; Anne Wales DO FCA; Robert Fulford DO FCA; Rollin Becker DO FCA and Alan Becker DO FCA as Sutherland's students. The next generation included John Harakal DO; Hal Magoun Jr. DO FCA; Herb Miller DO FCA; Gerald Cooper DO FCA; Ernest "Bud" Bernhardi Jr. DO FCA; Robert Kappler DO FCA and Melicien Tettambel DO, among so many others. Their work and dedication will live on through their students. Our profession, carried on from one generation to another, mentor to protégé, is why Osteopathy in the Cranial Field has flourished, and that is also why our Osteopathic Cranial Academy Foundation (OCAF) has prospered.

Good timing and due diligence enables the corpus of the OCAF investments to grow and now is over a million dollars, which gives it greater flexibility to reinvest in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field through scholarships, research and educational materials. Our success this past decade allowed the OCAF to provide scholarship assistance to thirty-eight students this year, at a cost of $33,000 funded by interest and dividends earned by foundation investments. Six of our donors, wishing to invest in the future of Osteopathy, established a named fund to provide at least one or more annual scholarship.

For an initial investment of $17,500 over a five-year period, a donor can establish a named fund. This fund can be named for a relative, grateful patient, mentor or oneself. These scholarships, presented at the February and June 2017 Osteopathic Cranial Academy's Introductory Courses went to students who might otherwise not be able to afford the Introductory Course. For information on establishing a named fund or donating to the OCAF, please contact our Executive Director Angela Bedell at

The Foundation also provides grant assistance for the Osteopathic Cranial Academy to purchase teaching materials such as the newly acquired Brain Models or Swiss Disarticulated Skulls. I would ask each member of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy to donate whatever amount you are able or to consider funding a scholarship to the introductory course. You may make a donation through our website or by contacting the OCA office at 317-581-0411.

Wishing each of you a meaningful holiday season,

David Coffey DO FAAO FCA
The Osteopathic Cranial Academy Foundation