Statement by APTA President on Board Member Dave Pariser

A Life of Service: APTA Board Member Dave Pariser, PT, PhD (1960-2013) 

January 15, 2013

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the sudden passing of our friend and colleague, APTA Board Member Dave Pariser, PT, PhD. Dave was an outstanding gentleman and professional whose friendship, devoted service, and leadership we will sorely miss.

A member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 1981, Dave served in various capacities within APTA and the Kentucky Chapter (KPTA) and Louisiana Chapter (LPTA), including on APTA's Nominating Committee, as LPTA president, and as chair of the legislative committees for both LPTA and KPTA. Most recently, Dave was elected in June 2011 by APTA's House of Delegates to serve on the Board of Directors. Dave received numerous awards in recognition of his service, including the Dave Warner Award for Distinguished Service (Physical Therapist of the Year) from LPTA (2001) and induction into the LPTA "Hall of Fame" in 2006 for career achievement.

Dave received his BS in physical therapy from West Virginia University in 1983. He later moved to New Orleans and was a full-time faculty member at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center's Physical Therapy Program from 1988 to 2005. During that time Dave earned his PhD in education, curriculum, and instruction from the University of New Orleans. He and his wife, Gina Pariser, PT, PhD, moved to Louisville in 2005 upon accepting faculty positions at Bellarmine. Dave's teaching, scholarship, and clinical work were mainly in the areas of orthopedics/musculoskeletal problems, gerontology, and advocacy/public policy.

Always a warm and caring individual, Dave was also actively involved in his community. Among many things, he served as a coach on youth soccer and basketball leagues, was a director on the board of a youth camp, and even volunteered as a telephone counselor on a crisis hotline. Dave was also on the board of the high school marching band in which his daughters perform.

Dave is survived by his wife, Gina, and their twin daughters, Ada and Kayla. There really are no words for tragic moments like these. On behalf of the APTA community, I offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to Dave's family.

The visitation (January 16, 5-8 pm ET) will take place at Stoess Funeral Home in Crestwood, Kentucky. The funeral (January 17, 2:30 pm ET) will take place at Crestwood United Methodist Church.

We welcome anyone to share their memories of Dave via a tribute page that has been created on the APTA website.

We are grateful to Dave for his work to support and promote our profession. Thank you, Dave; we will miss you.

APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS