THE RECENT REPORTED theft of the Staff of Asclepius, a medical symbol, off the wall outside of the Rapp Clinic at 921 N. 24th is certainly perplexing.
The staff, about 8 or 9 feet tall and made of aluminum, was specially designed for the building and attached to the wall with iron bolts. It’s estimated to be worth more than $10,000, and it took quite an effort to unscrew bolts from the wall to steal it.
The clinic was operated for many years by Dr. Roy Rapp, who died in May. Several employees are still working at the clinic and are in the process of winding the practice down.
Dr. Rapp’s son, Quincy attorney Jim Rapp, said the staff has been on the wall since the 1960s. His father had it specially designed and hand sculpted by the late Mary Ann Lohman, who also designed the busts of Mary Lou Kent and Elmo McClain inside the Oakley-Lindsay Center.
Two schools of thought when it comes to the crime: It was either done by stupid and desperate people who wanted it for scrap, or it was done by stupid and desperate people because it’s a prized art object.
Actually, the third idea is that it was just done by stupid people as a prank. Lips loosen, you know. Sooner or later, somebody will talk.
If you know anything, Quincy Regional Crime Stoppers’ phone number is (217) 228-4474.