The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) has released its latest webcast to remember Todd Eagen, who died unexpectedly at home on June 4, and provide an update on Fellowship activities Eagen, 54, worked in pharmaceutical sales before joining Van G. Miller and Associates first as vice president and then president of OPGA (Orthotics and Prosthetics Group of America). During his time at VGM, Eagen served on several national boards, most notably NAAOP where he was a member of the board, executive committee member, and secretary/treasurer.
Peter Thomas, JD, and Nicki Grace-Strader, NAAOP fellow for 2022, spoke on remembering Eagen, who was the secretary-treasurer for NAAOP at the time of his death.
“We come to you today with heavy hearts,” Thomas said. “Todd was a wonderful business partner to work with. He was an incredible man, and we will miss him dearly.”
Grace-Strader had just started her NAAOP fellowship and had worked with Eagen earlier this month as it got underway. “I am so grateful for the time I was able to spend with Todd in Iowa,” Grace-Strader said. “While in Iowa visiting OPGA, Todd went out of his way to create opportunities for me that would help shape my NAAOP fellowship.”
Others shared their memories of Eagen in this tribute.
In addition to memorializing Eagen, the webcast introduced Grace-Strader’s activities to advance osseointegration (OI) and addressed the upcoming virtual Congressional Lobbying Day to encourage Congress to pass the Medicare O&P Patient-Centered Care Act and educate policymakers about OI.
The latest webcast is posted on the NAAOP website.