Awards and Leadership

Remembering Philip Pumerantz, PhD, Founding President of WesternU/COMP


011118_PumerantzPhilip Pumerantz, PhD, Founding President and President Emeritus of Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP) and Western University of Health Sciences, passed away in the early morning of Tuesday, December 26, 2017. He will be remembered fondly for his contributions to the osteopathic medical education community, including his role as founding president of WesternU/COMP.

Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, President of Western University of Health Sciences, who succeeded Pumerantz as the university’s top officer, had this to say about Dr. Pumerantz: “WesternU owes its very existence to the vision, ambition, tenacity, and philosophy of Philip Pumerantz. He helped resurrect osteopathic medicine in California, and then—with only ideas and effort—built what is now a university with the broadest array of graduate health professions colleges in America, and respected worldwide. His is a success story unlike any other in higher education in the past century.”

Among his numerous accolades, Dr. Pumerantz was recognized as the 1995 recipient of AACOM’s Dale Dodson Award for national leadership.

Services were held at Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Simi Valley, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pauline Weiss Pumerantz Scholarship at WesternU.

Read Western University’s celebration of Dr. Pumerantz.