Holm, Richard P. (Richard Powell)

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Holm, Richard P. (Richard Powell)

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Richard Powell Holm (1949-2019) was born on February 1, 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was raised in De Smet, South Dakota. He attended medical school at the University of South Dakota and Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1981, he returned to South Dakota to live in Brookings, where he worked for the Brookings Health System, and outpatient medicine at Avera Medical Group, Brookings. He was director of continuing medical education at the hospital from 1983 through 2013, and Full Clinical Professor of Medicine at USD Sanford School of Medicine. He has given many lectures about providing health care at conferences through the years. He has been the Chief of Staff at his local hospital, President of the South Dakota State Medical Association, and Governor of the South Dakota Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Holm has been a contributor to four medical text books and has had numerous articles published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, and The Pharos, an Honor Medical Society ethics and literary journal. He is a regular contributor to the South Dakota Journal of Medicine. Holm also authored the book, The Picture of Health, A View from the Prairie, South Dakota Agriculture Heritage Museum Publisher, 2008.

Dr. Holm did a half-hour weekly call-in talk show on AM radio station KBRK, and was the host and medical editor of On Call with the Prairie Doc, a weekly, prime-time, one-hour television show on SD Public TV. He was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2016

Professional groups for which he was a member include the state and national chapters of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the state and national chapters of the American Medical Association (AMA), the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and many others. He was inducted into the South Dakota Hall Of Fame in 2016, and was awarded the National Volunteer of The Year award from the ACP.

Rick married Joanie Smith, an RN and Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Jacksonville, Florida. They raised four children: Eric; Carter; Preston; and Julia.

Dr. Richard Powell Holm passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020.

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