A memorial service for Dr. Henry Pace, a pioneer of osteopathic medicine in Mississippi and an advocate and supporter of the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, will be held at 1 p.m. on October 9 in Bass Memorial Chapel on the Carey Hattiesburg campus.
A Tennessee native, Pace was introduced to osteopathic medicine while teaching at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in Missouri. He started recruiting students for osteopathic medical schools and continued this practice when he joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi’s School of Pharmacy. While at Ole Miss, Pace advised the student who would become Mississippi’s first doctor of osteopathic medicine.
Pace’s efforts also resulted in osteopathic physicians achieving full practice rights in the state in 1973. He worked with the American Osteopathic Association and local legislators to achieve this right. His efforts have resulted in over 2,000 students attending or graduating from osteopathic medical schools. Pace was also instrumental in the establishment of the Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Association and was active in the association’s operations.
Pace worked with university officials to help establish Carey’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, which is the first osteopathic medical school in Mississippi. The medical college, established in 2010, was granted full accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and graduated its inaugural class in 2014. A second class graduated in 2015. Over 400 students are now enrolled at the medical college.
The student lounge at the Carey medical college is named in memory of Pace, who was a friend and advisor to Carey’s medical administrators, faculty members and students. Pace was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from Carey and the state osteopathic medical association in May.
Pace, 85, died on October 4 in Water Valley. He had lived in his adopted hometown of Oxford since 1968. Memorials may be sent to the Henry Pace Scholarship at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, WCU Box 141, 498 Tuscan Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39401, or donated online at www.wmcarey.edu.