The Foundation was saddened by the news that Roland “Rolly” Schultheis, DO passed away on May 30, 2016. (Click here for the formal announcement on his passing.)
Roland and JudyDr. Schultheis was a Founding member of the Foundation, beginning his seven years on the Board in 1985. Prior to becoming President in 1990, he served as the chairman of the Foundation’s Resources and Public Affairs committee. During those early years, the Foundation was dedicated “to promoting the health education of the general public and particularly to educate the general public as to the nature of osteopathic medicine in health care;…” Dr. Schultheis’ leadership of the Public Affairs help to create and implement several educational programs, including Kid Safe, Children First, and a cable TV program Medical Roundtable. But perhaps his most lasting legacy is “The Whole Body Exhibit” or, as millions of Oregonians know it, the “Transparent Woman.”
At the 1990 Annual Meeting of the Foundation, Dr. Schultheis became the second president of the Foundation, following J. Scott Heatherington, DO. At that same meeting, the Foundation membership pledged $25,000 “for the development and construction of a permanent exhibit on osteopathic medicine to be located in the new Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).” The exhibit would be part of the “Life Sciences Hall” which as dedicated to the exploration of the nature of human grown and development, the structure and function of the human body, and the impact of advancing technology on health care and choices.
Past President J. Scott Heatherington chaired the exhibit planning committee that included Dr. Schultheis; M. Tamarin Ring, DO; Joan Takacs, DO; Robert Lee, DO; Myron Beal, DO; Cleon Miller, DO and David Rianda, Executive Director of the Foundation.
20160719_164040On October 24, 1992, “The Whole Body” exhibit was on display when the doors of the new OMSI opened. Besides the full sized Transparent Woman (a gift of the EC. Brown Foundation)”, the exhibit had four panels. The first was a panel with buttons that lit up various body parts in response to questions about body functions. Panel two was also a push button activity on the autonomic nervous system. Panel three was a “body book” featuring enlarged full-color graphic drawings of various body systems. The fourth panel was a plaque that read, “The funding for this exhibit is provided by the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation in commemoration of 100 years of osteopathic medicine, 1892-1992. “
On February 13, 1993, the Annual Meeting of the Foundation was held at the newly opened OMSI under the watchful eye of the “Transparent Woman.”
Today, 23 years later, “The Whole Body” remains as the oldest exhibit at OMSI. She seems a bit quaint with her large push button panel and static posture among the video screens and computer controlled interactive displays. But she still attracts a crowd interested in the mysteries of the human body. Maybe she needs a make over for her 25th birthday?