Voting online until Oct. 31 at house.mo.gov/FamousMissourianVoting
As part of the fallout from last year's controversial selection of Rush Limbaugh to the Hall of Famous Missourians, this year's selection process will be handled in a more democratic nature with the public able to vote on the next honorees.
One of the finalists named Monday: Dr. Andrew Taylor Still.
Still, the founder of osteopathic medicine and what is now A.T. Still University, is one of 10 finalists up for vote at www.house.mo.gov/FamousMissourianVoting.
Voting began Monday and runs through Oct. 31, with the public selecting two new honorees for the Hall of Famous Missourians.
In prior years, the Missouri Speaker of the House alone made the selection, but last year's choice of Limbaugh drew criticism both statewide and nationally.
The Speaker will still choose a new member for the Hall, but that selection will be in addition to two public choices.
According to the Associated Press, finalists were selected largely upon public nominations received over the summer. Still received the second-most nominations, according to the report.
Still has a chance to join other famous Missourians in the Hall, including President Harry Truman, Walt Disney, Walter Cronkite and Betty Grable.
Still was born in Virginia in 1828 and moved to Kirksville in 1875 after several failed attempts to gain acceptance for him and his medical theories in other communities. He founded The American School of Osteopathy in 1892 in Kirksville, and according to the American Osteopathic Association there are more than 70,000 doctors of osteopathic medicine practicing in the United States today.
"Andrew Taylor Still was a visionary that changed the course of health care by looking for a better way to provide care for patients," said Dr. Margaret Wilson, dean of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine dean. "He looked beyond the traditional offerings of his day to see how patients could be seen in the context of their whole care using structure and function as a foundational philosophy. His forward thinking led to the founding of a new profession that is thriving today not just in the U.S. but around the world.
"This remarkable man started the osteopathic profession in Missouri and deserves to be included in the Hall of Famous Missourians. Please go online today and vote for Dr. Andrew Taylor Still."
In addition to Still, the nominees include:
- Claude Smith, of Monroe City, Mo., a composer whose composition "Flight" is the official march of the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institute.
- Christopher "Kit" Bond, of Mexico, Mo., a U.S. Senator from Missouri and two-term governor.
- William Payne Stewart, of Springfield, Mo., a professional golfer who won three major championships.
- Sue Shear, a 26-year member of the Missouri House of Representatives.
- Rose O'Neill, a self-trained artist who created Kewpie and was an instrumental woman in the suffrage movement.
- Virginia Minor, who launched the suffrage movement in Missouri in the 1860s.
- John Henderson, a U.S. Senator from Missouri and co-author of the 13th Amendment.
- Robert Heinlein, of Butler, Mo., a leading science fiction writer whose works includes the "Future History" series, "Starship Troopers" and "Stranger in a Strange Land."
- John William "Blind" Boone, of Miami, Mo., a respected musician. He was the son of a former slave and overcame blindness, poverty and discrimination to become a composer and concert pianist.