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Myrtle Coleman, Class of 1945
In July 2018, Myrtle's family contacted us with news that she had passed away September 27, 2017. "She will be missed but she loved her professiona as a US Army Physical Therapist. " Myrtle was promoted to Captain prior to leaving the service. To vew her obituary, CLICK HERE.
LTC(R) Linda Fay Moran
Sandwich, MA, Linda Fay Moran, formerly of Lexington, MA passed away February 23, 2017. To view her obituary, CLICK HERE.
LTC (R) Martha Jane Eason
Little Rock, Ark., Martha Jane Eason, formerly of Hope, Ark., passed away Friday, April 7, 2017, in Little Rock. Martha was born July 9, 1925, in Hope to Samuel D. and Bertha B. Conner Eason. She was a retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. with 22 years service as a Physical Therapist. To view her obituary CLICK HERE
COL(R) Mary Evelyn McNeill
Greenville, NC: COL Mary Evelyn McNeill, Ret. USAR, PT, PhD died peacefully 20 July 2016at home in Greenville NC. She graduated from the US Army PT program in 1954 Class 9. Dr. McNeill was a Professor at the Medical School at East Carolina University teaching neuroanatomy to medical students. Her primary research activities were related to the pineal gland. Evelyn was an outstanding student, practitioner, and educator throughout her career excelling in professional academics. While in PT school at the Medical Field Service School in 1953-1954. She was also a whiz on the basketball court. We shall all miss her ... a special southern lady with an unforgettable southern drawl. To view her obituary, CLICK HERE.
Margaret L. Moore, PT, EdD. FAPTA. Class of 1943, Walter Reed
Chapel Hill, NC- Margaret Moore passed away on 15 June 2016 at the age of 94. She was a 1943 graduate of the Walter Reed program. As a Captain, she served as Instructor of Physical Therapy O’Reilly General Hospital, Springfield, MO. Following her Army service, she earned an MS in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia, and a Doctorate in Education from Duke University. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine starting in 1957 and she served as assistant dean. During her career, Margaret was a leader in the APTA. serving as Secretary and First Vice President (Speaker of the House of Delegates). she recevied numerous awards from APTA including
the Lucy Blair Service Award, Distinguished Educator of the Year, and the Mary McMillan Lecturer Award. Based on her extensive work on faculty development and her interest in development of minority faculty members, the APTA established the Margaret L. Moore Award to recognize outstanding new faculty members. CLICK HERE to read her complete obituary and CLICK HERE for a link to her 90th Birthday Celebration. If you would like to make a donation in her memory,
COL(R) Marilyn J (Andy) Anderson, Class of 1951
Orcas Island, WA- Marilyn J. Anderson passed away on Friday the 22nd of April, 2016. COL Anderson' legacy to the Army PT Program is outstanding. She was the Director of the 6H-35B program in the early seventies and was the driving force force for the program to grant a Master's degree through Baylor University. She was also part of the driving force for direct access for Army PTs. Her students loved her. She loved them back. Andy came to the Alumni Reunion in 2015 and had plans to return this year as well. Her indomitable spirit was infectious! The Class of 1970 had a mini reunion with her this past September in Washington with treasured memories. Obviously the Alumni Association's COL Marilyn J Anderson Distinguished Lecture Series was named in her honor. We will post a link to a full obituary here as soon as possible. If you would like to make a donation to the Association/Lecture Series in her memory, please click on the Give Support/Pay Dues button to the right.
Pictures from Reunion Activities in 2015
COL(R) Mildred L (Woody) Wood, Class of 1945
Pittsburgh PA. - Mildred L. (Woody) Wood, PhD,Class of 1945 passed away Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the age of 95. Dr. Wood received a certificate in physical therapy from the Ashford Army General Hospital as part of the War Department Emergency Certificate Course in 1945. She later earned a master of arts in anatomy from Duke University (1957), and a doctor of philosophy degree in anatomy from the University of Kentucky (1973). She served on Active Duty in the Army from 1945 to 1954 with a final rank of Captain before transferring to active Army Reserve. She retired with the permanent rank of Colonel with responsibilities to the Assistant Chief of the Army Medical Specialist Corps (Physical Therapist Section) of the Office of the Surgeon General of the US Army. To read more about her life and incredible accomplishments as a PT, faculty member, and APTA member, CLICK HERE.
Janice Riches McIlroy, Class of 1953
Tacoma WA- Janice Riches McIlroy passed away 22 Nov 2015 and joined her favorite running partner, her German Shepard Jewel. She was born in Eugene Oregon and graduated from Oregon State prior to attending the Army Physical Therapy Program. After seven years of active duty, she married William McIlroy, MD at Madigan Chapel. She was an avid volunteer especially with the Tacoma Humane Society. To read more about her life, family, and volunteer work, CLICK HERE
COL(R) Barbara Ann (Bobbie Davis), Honorary Member
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Barbara Ann (Bobbie) Davis, Colonel, United States Army, Retired, died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 13, 2014. Born January 11, 1930, in New Haven, Connecticut, Col. Davis was the daughter of Jesse B. and Cora L. (Bloomingdale) Davis. She attended Hillhouse High School and graduated from Sergeant College, part of Boston University. She earned her Master's Degree at Stanford University. She entered the U.S. Army Medical Specialist Corps in 1955 as a Physical Therapist and during her 24+ years active duty she served at various duty stations throughout the United States and Korea. Her final duty station was at Eisenhower Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia, as the Chief of the Physical Therapy Department. Following retirement, Bobbie made her home in Augusta, Georgia. She is survived by her brother, Jess; her aunt, Martha Mathewson; her dearest companion, COL Doris Sue Frazier, U.S. Army Nurse Corps Retired; cousins, nieces, nephews, and a gazillion friends, all of whom she treasured. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Church of our Savior Episcopal Church, 4227 Columbia Road, Martinez, Georgia, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Interment will be in Connecticut at a later date.
LTC(R) Rita Therese Gregory, Class of 1953
LTC(R) Rita Therese Gregory of Killeen, TX, passed away January 22, 2014 in TX. She had a full career and retired in January 1973 at Ft. Hood. To view her obituary follow this link: Rita Gregory
COL (RET) Elizabeth Lambertson, Class of 1951
Elizabeth Louise (Betty) Lambertson, COL (USA Retired), of Valdosta, GA, died on Monday, January 12, 2014 at her home at Langdale Place after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. When accepted to the Army physical therapy course as a young woman, the US Army became Betty’s “home” for more than 27 years during which she served as a physical therapist clinician, educator, and administrator. In the summer of 1950, she reported to the US Army Medical Field Service School, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX as a second lieutenant in the Women’s Medical Specialist Corps ( the name of the Corps was changed during her career to Army Medical Specialist Corps when men were accepted for commissioning in the Corps) and retired as a Colonel in February 1978. She was proud to be an instructor and administrator at the US Army Physical Therapy school when it transitioned into the professional program affiliated with Baylor University. Betty’s final assignment was not specific to physical therapy as she served four years as Chief, Army Medical Specialist Corps, in the Office of the Surgeon General, Department of the Army, Washington, DC. She is survived by her devoted friend and companion of 30 years, Dorothy “Dot” Pinkston, PhD, COL (USA Retired).
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COL(R) Pauline Potts, Class of 1949
Phoenix, AZ- COL (R) Pauline Potts, United States Air Force passed away on 4 June 2013. Pauline was a graduate of Southern Illinois University with both BS and MS degrees prior to attending the Army Program. Her last assignment was as Associate Chief, Biomedical Science Service Corps for Physical Therapy and Chief of Physical Therapy, Wilford Hall Medical Center. CLICK HERE for her full obituary,
COL(R) Betty R. Landen, Honorary Member
Elizabeth R. Landen, PT, PhD, died 7 July 2013 in Augusta, GA following a brief illness. She was a civilian trained physical therapist who served in the Army Medical Specialist Corps and retired at the rank of Colonel. Following the Vietnam war, she was an expert in amputee rehabilitation. Betty was assigned as faculty to the Army-Baylor MPT program in 1972-1973, then left to earn her doctoral degree from Georgia State University; she was reassigned as faculty from 1977-1979. Upon her military retirement, she served as the director of the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston Physical Therapy Program. Betty was active in the APTA at both the state and national level. On retirement she moved to Stone Mountain, GA and served as a consultant in physical therapy education. She was active in her church and her community and traveled extensively with family and friends. Later, she moved to Brandon Wilde Retirement Community in Evans, GA. Betty had recently been elected as President of the Residents' Council in her retirement community.
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Nancy Wessels Henderson, Class of '74 sent this picture.
Jacquelin Perry, MD, a physical therapist who trained at Walter Reed Army Hospital (1940-1941) and practiced in the US Army for 5 years, died at her home in Downey, California, on 11 March 2013 at age 94.
Dr. Perry graduated from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1950 as a physician and became board certified as an orthopedic surgeon in 1958. At Ranchos Los Amigos, she was chief of the Pathokinesiology Service for 30 years.
She published hundreds of articles and received APTA's Golden Pen Award and the Helen J. Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professional Literature. She was an honorary lifetime member of APTA. She also received the Orthopaedic Section's Steven J. Rose Excellence in Research Award. Throughout her career Perry advocated for the profession of physical therapy and worked closely with numerous physical therapists. Dr. Perry received the Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Award in 2004.
Rachel Helen Adams died peacefully in her home on the 21st of June 2012. As she was slipping away from us she was able to look out at her beloved trees and the view of the water and islands and the coast range beyond. Rachel was born in 1926 in Rangeley, Maine, where her father was Superintendent of Schools and her mother had been a teacher. She grew up in Gorham, New Hampshire and remained there throughout her years at the University of New Hampshire, graduating at the remarkable age of nineteen. She then entered the US Army’s Physical Therapy Course at Ashford General Hospital in White Sulfur Springs, VA, graduating in 1945, three days before the end of WW II. She began her Army career at Ft. Dix as a Second Lieutenant in the Women’s Medical Specialist Corps. Following that assignment, she left the Army and spent the summer bicycling with a friend in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland and England. She rejoined the Army in 1948 during the Korean War and spent the next 21 years in various assignments, including stints in Peru and at Walter Reed General Hospital. She also completed a graduate degree in Physical Therapy at USC in 1955. During her Army career Rachel continued her interest in the sports: in 1956 she won the Women’s All-Army Tennis Singles Championship and in 1957 the Singles and Doubles Championship. Her last assignment was at Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, where she was Chief of Physical Therapy. She retired in 1969 with the rank of lieutenant colonel and at that time was awarded the Army’s Legion of Merit medal. Following retirement Rachel spent six years at her cabin on the Belgrade Lakes in Maine and then, in 1975, decided to join Marilyn Anderson on her small farm on Crane Island, San Juan County, Washington. For the next 37 years, Rachel honed her volunteering skills with many non-profits organizations on Crane and Orcas Island. As much as her volunteer and community work meant to her, what truly fed Rachel’s soul was the abiding grace and splendid design in the natural world. She was, by nature, a most devoted steward of the plants and creatures that share this world with us. We who knew her will miss her presence in our lives. We will celebrate Rachel’s life with a memorial service on Sunday, July 29 at Orcas Center. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a local charity of your choice. To view entire Obituary for Rachel Adams: www.orcasissues.com
Lois Mac Taggart, Class of 1953
San Antonio, TX COL(R) Lois Mac Taggart passed away 8 Aug 2012. She served in the Army for 30 year prior to retirement. CLICK HERE for her obituary,
Betty Lee Winkler, Class of 1943
Betty Lee Winkler was a 1943 graduate of the Walter Reed Hospital PT Program. She lived in Heritage Club retirement community in Denver, CO prior to her death. I met her there at a party. At 91 she had fabulous posture and a great attitude- she even wore Frog shoes with toes. Her quote, "If your feet aren't happy, nobody's happy." When I commented on her posture, her answer was "you know where I learned it!" She shared great stories about being in PT school and how strict Major Emma Lou Vogel was- invoking fear and respect in all her students. Betty Lee died in March 2012.
LTC(R) Eunice Roberta Dobbs, Class of 1956
Fort Payne, AL.
Eunice Roberta Dobbs passed away at her home on Tuesday morning, June 28, 2011, from a long illness. She was a 1956 graduate of the Army PT Program and earned a Master's Degree from Jacksonville State University as an Educational Specialist. Roberta retired in November of 1976 at the rank of Lt. Colonel. She returned to the Fort Payne area and worked as a PT in the DeKalb Baptist Medical Center, home health agencies in several counties, and Collinsville Rehab Center until her illness in early 2011. To read more about her life CLICK HERE.