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I was saddened to learn that Richard Bogdan, DPM a friend, colleague, educator, author, researcher and sports medicine pioneer passed away in April in Western Australia. After an apparent valiant fight with Mantel Cell Lymphoma, Richard’s illustrious and exciting life as both an international podiatric medical educator with a specialty in orthopedics and sports medicine came to an end. I first met Richard while we were students at CCPM and believe he completed his training at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia. Richard practiced for a short while in Concord California before deciding to dedicate his career to education. He taught Biomechanics at CCPM until 1991 and then at OCPM from 1991-93. In 1994 he became the residency director at North Hollywood Medical Center after moving back to the west coast. During this time Richard authored some landmark papers and authored a chapter in the Textbook of Hallux Valgus and Forefoot Surgery. In 1997 Richard made a major life change and moved to Australia where he continued his efforts of teaching. Eventually he went to work for the Australian governments Health Service at the Sir Charles Gaidner Hospital Podiatry Service in Western Australia. Richard thrived in Australia, marrying his wife Shelly, and continuing his teaching at Curtin University and becoming a senior lecturer on post doctoral podiatric biomechanics. Richard’s last research and paper was published in 2011. Post Humus Awards will bear witness to Richard’s contribution include SCGH Podiatry Department - Dr Richard Bogdan D.P.M. Clinic and the 2012 Inaugural Presidents AAPSM award for significant contribution to Australasian Podiatric Sports Medicine.
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Re: Dr. The passing of Richard Bogdan, DPM-Biomechanics educator
I first met Richard "Dick" Bogdan, DPM, when he taught a sports podiatry course for us, as podiatry students, in 1980. Along with Rich Blake, DPM, Dick Bogdan was the only of the biomechanics faculty at the California College of Podiatric Medicine at that time who was interested in running biomechanics. Naturally, I gravitated toward wanting to learn as much from him Dick and Rich as possible.
I spent a day with Dr. Bogdan one time during my student years doing running gait evaluations on a treadmill where we observed quite a few runners and their different gait patterns. Dick was enthusiastic about sports podiatry and I found his glowing attitude about sports podiatry inspirational since the main reason I entered into podiatry school was because I wanted to treat athletes.
Dick and I lost touch with each other for awhile soon after I graduated from my Biomechanics Fellowship. However, I next saw him in Auckland, New Zealand, at the first ever international lecture I gave in August 1991, where I lectured along with O.A. Mercado, DPM, and Jeff Stone, DPM. Dick was in the audience and it was good to have a familiar face in the crowd at my first international lecture.
Most importantly for me, Dick probably saved me from very serious injury at that seminar in Auckland. While walking back from the seminar to the hotel with my wife and a few others, we were all busy talking and I was slightly ahead of the others and was ready to cross a street. Suddenly, I felt someone grab the back of my shirt collar and pull me backwards just before I crossed the street as a car sped just by my outstretched foot, moving from right to left.
Of course, I had been not paying attention to how traffic moved in New Zealand vs the USA, and had glanced left before the street, not right where the car was coming from. I would have probably stepped right into that oncoming car and would have been very seriously injured had it not been for Dick Bogdan looking out for one of his former students, grabbing me from behind, and saving me from my carelessness. I thanked Dick for watching out for me, and we all nervously laughed about the incident, but I still think, to this day, about how I certainly would have been very badly hurt had it not been for Dick watching out for me and pulling me out of harm's way.
Richard Bogdan, DPM, was a great man and a good friend. He will be missed by many. Peace be with you, Dick.
Kevin A. Kirby, DPM
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Applied Biomechanics
California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College