In his 41 years as an athletic trainer at Loras College, John “Doc” Kammer never missed an athletic event. That longevity resulted in multiple awards, including induction into the Loras Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the inaugural class of 1983.
Born in Bern, Switzerland, Kammer first arrived in Dubuque in 1929 to serve as the Dubuque Tigers professional baseball team trainer. One year later, he would move over to Loras College to start what would prove to be a four-decade career.
The National Athletic Trainers Association awarded Kammer with a 25-year merit award in 1957.
Loras College would honor Kammer with a “Doc” Kammer Night during a basketball contest against St. Norbert in 1969 and a day dedicated to his honor in 1971 punctuated by a halftime ceremony during a football game against Marquette.
Kammer earned his nickname while with the Tigers. When he spilled his medical bag rushing into the infield to help an injured player, his supplies fell on the field, earning the moniker “Doc.”