Recognized for: Professional Achievement
Dr. Richard Hecker began attending night classes at Saint Martin’s College upon transfer from Europe as an active duty Chief Warrant Officer (A.S., Baylor University U.S. Army PA Class #7 – 1975-1977) Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) to FT Lewis in April 1980. He had prior Viet-Nam era enlisted soldier (1971-1975) experience as a Psychiatric Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Specialist prior to attending Physician Assistant training. He then received a recommendation for degree completion by the then FT Lewis Extension Director, Mr. Phil Carbaugh, to Father Placidus Reischmann, OSB, Dean of Biology, where he was approved for enrollment as a full-time student on Main Campus in January 1981. He graduated with a B.S. Degree in Marine Biology and a B.A. degree in Psychology from Saint Martin’s University in December 1981 through the Ft. Lewis Saint Martin’s College Extension. He was accepted into Medical School and selected by the U.S. Army as a Health Professions Scholarship Program recipient, where Richard became a U.S. Army Medical Service Corps Officer. Upon completing Medical School in May 1986, he was commissioned as a U.S. Army Medical Corps officer. He entered formal Graduate Medical Education Internship, Residency, and Fellowship training as a professional physician. He achieved Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, and Pain Management. He currently serves as a Senior HIMS (Human Intervention Motivation Study) Aviation Medical Examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration in San Antonio, TX. He maintains an active office practice in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Hecker has served on the President’s Council as a Trustee, is a Founding Member of the University Gala, and was a Co-Chairman for the first three Galas. He has endowed two University Scholarships and was recently selected to act as an advisor to Saint Martin’s University Nursing Program. Richard remains active in his community in the service of medicine and aviation-related activities.