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Catalog Number AC2015-006
Collection Thomas R. Godkins Collection, 1968-1993
Title Thomas R. Godkins Collection, 1968-1993
Scope & Content Contains the papers of Thomas R. Godkins who served twice as the president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (1972-73 and 1975-1976) and was the first non-physician President (1979-1980) of the Association of Physician Assistant Programs (now the Physician Assistant Education Association).

Types of materials include early editions of bylaws, brochures and newsletters of the AAPA; correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings and manuscripts and reprints.
Admin/Biographical History Thomas Regis Godkins was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 5, 1944. He served as a US Navy Corpsman from 1964-1967, with his last duty being to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. He graduated from the Duke Physician Assistant Program in 1969. He received a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Oklahoma following undergraduate work at Youngstown, Duke, and Oklahoma. He was the first PA to be employed by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and their first formally trained PA to be placed in a satellite clinic. He served on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) for 35 years; 10 years as Associate Director of the PA Program and 25 years with the central administration as Assistant Provost, Director of Capital Planning, and Associate Vice President for Facilities Management.

Godkins served twice as the president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (1972- 73 and 1975-1976) and was the first non-physician President (1979-1980) of the Association of Physician Assistant Programs (now the Physician Assistant Education Association). He was a founding member and fellow of the AAPA and served as the first newsletter editor. In recognition of his many contributions, the Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants in collaboration with the University of Oklahoma Physician Associate Program established an endowed Annual PA Student Scholarship Award in his name. Godkins died June 28, 2010.
Creator Thomas Godkins
Copyrights Copyright for the Society of Physician Assistant History records is held by the Society; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation:
Thomas R. Godkins Papers, 1968-1993, Society for Preservation
of Physician Assistant History, Johns Creek, GA, USA
Search Terms Thomas Godkins
AAPA
PAEA
APAP
Duke University
Year Range from 1968
Year Range to 1993
Containers AAPA Academy Awards Script 1193
AAPA Brochure
AAPA Bylaws
AAPA Newsletters
Clippings - General
Clippings - General
Clippings - Godkins
Correspondence
Duke University 25th Anniversary PA Program
Manuscript - Roots of the AAPA
Reprints