AOPA and The Certification Board Elect Officers
Fred Eschen Installed As Aopa President
National Assembly Meets At Colorado Springs August 30 - September 4, 1965
Fred J. Eschen of New York City was installed as National President of the American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association on September 4, 1965. This was the concluding event of the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Assembly held at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, August 30 - September 4.
Mr. Eschen is associated with his father John Eschen in the operations of the John N. Eschen Company, Inc. in New York City. He is a certified Prosthetist and Orthotist and was Vice-President of the Association in the past year. Previously he had served as Director of the Association for the states of New York and New Jersey, and as President of the Metropolitan Orthopedic Appliance and Limb Manufacturers Association. Mr. Eschen was Chairman of the Committee on Advances in Prosthetics and Orthotics of the Association from 1963-1965.
Mr. Eschen has been elected Chairman of the Joint Executive Council which has been set up by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics and the American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association.
Mr. Eschen was nominated and elected as President after the Assembly had learned of the unavailability of President-Elect David C. McGraw of Shreveport, Louisiana. Mr. McGraw is recuperating from a heart attack suffered in the spring of 1965. While making satisfactory progress, he felt that due to the obligations he owed his family and his professional associates in Louisiana he should not assume the Presidency at this time. Accordingly he tendered his resignation. Members of the Association learned of his decision with regret though understanding the reasons for it. They unanimously voted a resolution of tribute to him, citing him as honorary President for the year 1965-1966.
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Lambert Named As President-Elect
Mr. George H. Lambert, Sr., of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was unanimously elected President-Elect of the Association. Mr. Lambert had previously served as President of the American Board for Certification and as a director of AOPA Region IV.
Serving with Mr. Lambert will be Mr. Basil Peters, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who is Vice-President of the Association for the year 1965-1966. Mr. Peters is the head of the B. Peters Company in Philadelphia, certified prosthetic facility. In addition, he serves as faculty member in the prosthetic program at New York University and as a member of the AOPA Manuals Committee.
Mr. M.P. Cestaro of Washington, D.C. was reelected as Secretary-Treasurer of the Association. Mr. Cestaro served in that position since 1952. He is a former member of the American Board for Certification and consultant to the Board. Mr. Cestaro has been active as a member of the Committee on Advances in Prosthetics and Orthotics of the Association, as Chairman of the Veterans Administration Liaison Committee and as Advisor to the Educational Program in Business Administration for Orthotists and Prosthetists at Northwestern University.
Palm Springs In 1966
The Association will sponsor the 1966 Orthotics and Prosthetics Assembly in Palm Springs, California. The dates are set at October 16-20, 1966.
Mr. Leroy Noble, Whittier, California has been named Program Chairman, Mr. Kenneth Dodd, Santa Monica, California and Mr. Cletus IIer of Saginaw, Michigan, will serve as Co-Chairmen of the Scientific, Technical, and Supply Exhibits at the 1966 Assembly.
D.R. Coon Heads American Board For Certification
Durwood R. Coon, C.P.O., of Detroit, Michigan, has been elected President of the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics for the year 1965-1966. Mr. Coon had served previously as Secretary-Treasurer of the Board. He is President of the D. R. Coon Company, a certified facility of Detroit, and was formerly Regional Director of the American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association.
Serving with Mr. Coon will be Dr. Claude N. Lambert of Chicago, Illnois as Vice-President, and Bert R. Titus, C.P.O. of Durham, North Carolina as Secretary-Treasurer. Mr. Titus is head of the Department of Prosthetic and Orthopedic Appliances of Duke University of Durham, North Carolina.
Two members of the Board were elected to three-year terms: John A. Metzger, CO., of Long Beach, California and Dr. Robert G. Thompson, of Chicago, Illinois.
Honors were paid to Theodore W. Smith, C.O., retiring President of the Board and Dr. Richard H. Jones, who was Vice-President for 1964-1965. Both had completed three-year terms as members of the Certification Board.
The elections took place in Colorado Springs, Colorado, during the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Assembly.