Dr. George Rapp (#563, ‘51) honored with the State of Indiana’s highest award, the Sachem.

Indiana Acacian Dr. George Rapp (#563, ‘51) is the recipient of the State of Indiana’s highest honor, the Sachem Award.

Brother Rapp was presented with the award by Governor Eric Holcomb at a ceremony August 6 for helping to make “his hometown, our state and the world a much better place to live through his devotion to the arts, education and medicine.”

Heralded as a “medical pioneer, champion of education and supporter of the arts,” George retired as an orthopedic surgeon and chief of orthopedic surgery at St. Vincent Hospital. He served as a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

And he is also an innovator. He invented a prosthesis for total hip replacement and helped found the company Sofamor Danek, which is now a division of Medtronic, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of spinal instrumentation.

Living in Indianapolis with his wife, Peggy, Brother Rapp took to heart the “human service” foundation of Acacia Fraternity. His own motto: “Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, for all the people you can, for as long as you can.”