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College mourns death of Daniel Marazon, D.O.

(ATHENS, Ohio – March 14, 2012) Daniel Marazon, D.O., former interim dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), associate professor emeritus of family medicine and medical director of the University Osteopathic Medical Center, died Tuesday, March 13, at the age of 67 after a lengthy illness.

“The college has lost a passionate physician and educator who was loved by his patients and admired by his co-workers and students,” said Jack Brose, D.O. , executive dean for health affairs at Ohio University and dean of OU-HCOM. “The college will be forever grateful to a pioneer who had a major role in bringing our college to where it is today.”

Marazon first joined Ohio University as one of the first faculty members of the medical college as an assistant professor of family medicine in 1977, becoming an associate professor the following year. He served on the college’s executive committee from 1983 until 1994, when he became director of the Family Practice Residency Program at Doctors Hospital in Columbus. In August of 2000, he assumed the position of medical director of the college’s former University Osteopathic Medical Center, now known as University Medical Associates. Additionally, Marazon traveled with OU-COM students and faculty to Kenya each winter for several years as part of the college’s initial SHARE Kenya program to improve healthcare in an isolated rural area of that country.”

Marazon became interim dean of the college for 11 months on Jan. 1, 2001, following the resignation of Dean Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., and served until Brose began his duties in as dean in November, 2001. During Marazon’s tenure as interim dean, the college was ranked number two nationally among all medical schools in the percentage of graduates in family medicine residencies, according to a study by the American Medical Student Association Foundation’s annual Primary Care Scorecard.

“His leadership with our faculty practice plan created the organization that later became University Medical Associates,” Brose said. “Dan was very proud of his medical training and service as an officer in the Navy; experiences that taught him to accept only excellence. He maintained this attitude as a faculty member, clinic director, residency director, and interim dean, approaching all of these positions with his trademark high ideals, composure and professionalism. 

In 2002, Marazon was named the Family Physician of the Year by the Ohio State Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (Ohio ACOFP).

Marazon also has had a long affiliation with O’Bleness Memorial Hospital, serving on the staff from 1977 to 1994 and as chief of staff from 1986 to 1988. He also was team physician for the Ohio University ice hockey team, and was inducted into the Ohio University Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Toledo and his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1971. He received postdoctoral training at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., and continued to serve in the U.S. Navy until 1978.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 31, at 2:00 p.m. at the Ohio University Margaret Walter Hall, with a reception to follow with refreshments.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Margo Marazon, 8070 Lavelle Road, Athens, Ohio 45701

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