Franklin Pierce Mourns Passing of Dr. Arthur Pappas


March 24, 2016

Arthur Pappas

Franklin Pierce University is saddened by the loss of Dr. Arthur M. Pappas, a longtime benefactor and friend to the University and former Board of Trustees member from 1998-2006. Dr. Pappas died Tuesday at the age of 84.

Dr. Pappas received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University in 2007 and was inducted into the Franklin Pierce University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. He was also former member of the Sports Management Advisory Board.

Dr. Pappas, a career orthopedic surgeon, was considered by many to be a pioneer in the field of sports medicine. He may be best known for his role as team doctor for the Boston Red Sox where he served for more than twenty years. He served at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center for more than twenty-five years and is the founding Chair of the Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation. In 2011, he received the Massachusetts Medical Society's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Pappas and his wife Martha are also well known philanthropists who donated largely to recreational efforts both in their hometown of Auburn, Massachusetts and at Franklin Pierce University. The Pappas legacy will live on forever at the Rindge campus through the facilities on campus that bear their names, the Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Health Science and Athletic Training Center and Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Field as well as the Pappas Health Scholarship Fund that supports students in the Health Sciences.

Dr. Arthur M. Pappas was a kind and caring man in all of his endeavors; from working with professional baseball players to overcome injuries to helping young people through his philanthropic efforts. He made a huge difference in the world and here at Franklin Pierce. We send our condolences out to the entire Pappas family.  He will be sorely missed and we will strive to carry on his legacy of kindness and caring. 

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