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Outstanding Alumni|College of Arts and Sciences

Frederick W. Reckling -- 1999 Outstanding Alumnus

Bachelor of Science - 1956 - Zoology and Physiology

   Dr. Frederick W. Reckling is an active supporter of UW and arts and sciences education as well as his field of orthopedic surgery. He chaired orthopedic surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center for 24 years, ran the UKMC teaching/residency pro-gram and conducted an active surgical practice in his subspecialty, total joint replacement. Since earning his B.S. with honors in zoology and physiology at UW and completing his medical education at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, N.Y. in 1959, Reckling has made 45 presentations and demonstrations at national meetings, delivered over 90 invited seminars and held nine visiting professorships at different institutions. He published 65 journal articles, two book chapters, two book reviews and a definitive textbook Orthopaedic Anatomy and Surgical Approaches. Reckling donated copies of this text to Coe Library and the WWAMI program at UW and Niobrara County High School in Lusk, his home town. He and his wife JoAnn wrote a biography of UW legend S.H. Knight entitled Samuel Howell "Doc" Knight: Mr. Wyoming University. They are donating the proceeds from the book’s sales to the UW Alumni Association and the Department of Geology & Geophysics. In 1995, the Recklings created an endowed lectureship in bioethics as a contribution to the UW Center for the Advancement of Ethics. Reckling also serves on several UW boards including the College of Arts & Sciences Board of Visitors. He received UW’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1979 and holds many medical honors.

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