In Memoriam

Past President John H. Finley, D.O., FACOS

American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) Past President and Life Member, John H. Finley, D.O., FACOS, 88, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, passed away on April 27, 2017.


Dr. Finley received his medical degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1953 and completed residency at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital. He practiced at Detroit Osteopathic, Bi-County and Botsford Hospitals, and for 47 years, served as the team physician for the Detroit Red Wings. He was highly esteemed among the players and described as a “hero” by the late Gordie ‘Mr. Hockey’ Howe. After retiring from the role in 2003, Dr. Finley wrote a book about his experience, Hockeytown Doc: A Half-Century of Red Wings Stories from Howe to Yzerman and enjoyed speaking about his tenure.


Dr. Finley served on the ACOS Board of Governors for many years and was elected as President in 1990. He was awarded the Orel F. Martin citation and medal in 1998 and the Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon award in 1991. He also served on the Board of Trustees Midwestern University (formerly Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine) for nearly 30 years and was active in many organizations and clubs.


Dr. Finley’s obituary can be viewed here.