Hall of Fame Retrospective: John “Doc” Kammer

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.

John “Doc” Kammer

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.”

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).