Washington, DC 20549

                                    FORM 8-K
                                  CURENT REPORT

     Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

            Date of Report (Date of earliest reported) March 20, 2001

                               Owens & Minor, Inc.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its chapter)

           Virginia                      1-9810                  54-1701843
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(State or other jurisdiction          (Commission              (IRS Employer
      of incorporation                File Number)          Identification No.)

      4800 Cox Road, Glen Allen, Virginia                      23060
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     (Address of principal executive offices)                (Zip Code)

        Registrant's telephone number, including area code (804) 747-9794

Item 5.  Other Events

On March 15, 2001,  Owens & Minor,  Inc. (the "Company")  issued a press release
attached as Exhibit  99.1 hereto,  which is  incorporated  by reference  herein,
reporting the  appointment  of Jeffrey  Kaczka as Senior Vice  President,  Chief
Financial Officer of the Company.

Item 7.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(c)      Exhibits.
         99.1    Press Release by the Company on March 15, 2001.


                  Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934,  the  Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by
the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

                                           OWENS & MINOR, INC.

Date: March 20, 2001                       By:    /s/ Drew St.J. Carneal
                                           Name:  Drew St.J. Carneal
                                           Title: Senior Vice President &
                                                  General Counsel