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FALL 2015 COMMUNIQU 13FALL 2015 COMMUNIQU 13 the contractor often as a volunteer. The development building went up in 1966 staff moved in and the rst dean Myron S. Magen and faculty were hired. Groundbreaking occurred on the larger staging building in late 1968 a major teaching facility which was completed in 1971 just in time for enrollment of the rst MCOM class. LHote was elected to the MCOM corporate board and by 1968 he was chairing it a position to which he was re-elected repeatedly. Once again he found himself asked to fulll a role with no precedent in his life and he jumped in to make it work. Before the full campus plan could be completed a move was afoot to make MCOM a public college and LHote found himself testifying before many committees of the Michigan legislature. He was successful. The act creating a public college of osteopathic medicine was passed in 1969 but required that it be located Above The Michigan College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pontiac in 1970 Inset Henry F. Olen president Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons Roy S. Young president American Osteopathic Association Myron S. Magen MCOM dean and John LHote chairman Board of Trustees MCOM on the campus with an existing medical school within 90 days LHote led the team who met with the leadership at Wayne State University the University of Michigan and Michigan State and found welcome among the Spartans. The school moved to campus in 1971 and the property in Pontiac was transferred to the Michigan Osteopathic College Foundation. MSUCOM was the rst osteopathic college to be located at a major university and the rst to be publicly assisted. LHote received signicant recognition for his work in starting MCOM. He was one of the rst class in 1971 to receive the Walter F. Patenge Medal of Public Service the highest honor awarded from MSUCOM. He was awarded an Honorary Lay Membership and a Presidential Citation both from the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons a Distinguished Service Certicate from the American Osteopathic Association a diploma from Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital a citation from the Michigan Osteopathic College Foundation and a resolution from the Michigan legislature. If John LHote hadnt stepped up to the plate 50 years ago the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine might have been something entirely different than it is today providing leadership in osteopathic education and primary care substantive research advocacy for osteopathic principles and practice unparalleled graduate medical education opportunities and a strong international presence.a strong international presenccee. HIGHLIGHTS