Annual Reunion


The reunions have been held every year since. Sometimes with many in attendance and other times with only a few. We have found descendants of each of Dr. Bodo Otto’s children and there are now more than 200 families on our mailing list.

1983 – Attending the reunion were descendants of Maria Elizabeth, Dr Bodo Otto’s only surviving daughter, who married Marcus Kurrmann (Anglicized to Mark Carman).

1988 – The reunion was held at Yellow Springs, PA where the Association dedicated a marker in honor of Dr. Bodo Otto who served as a Senior Surgeon and Director of the only hospital built for the Continental Army.

1990 – James E. Gibson’s research for the book, “DR. BODO OTTO AND THE MEDICAL BACKGROUND OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION“, published in 1937 and long out of print, was donated to the Association by his nephew Bill. The research has since been donated to the Library and Archives of the Historical Society of Berks County in Reading PA.

1991 – It was decided to reprint the Gibson book and to add four pages of reprinting notes including a chart containing four generations of Dr. Bodo Otto Descendants. Go to four generations chart At that reunion we dedicated a plaque at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Friesburg, NJ in memory of Dr. Bodo Otto’s wife and daughter Maria Elizabeth, wife of Mark Carman, who are buried in the adjoining cemetery.

1994 – It was decided to meet at Historic Yellow Springs in even numbered years and at other locations in odd numbered years. The reunion at Yellow Springs is always held the weekend after Father’s Day. Dates for odd numbered reunions may vary.

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