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  • Jayne Snyder Dies After Year-long Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

    Long-time APTA member and leader Jayne Snyder, PT, DPT, MA, FAPTA, died on October 5 of pancreatic cancer.

    Snyder, an active APTA member since 1969, made a tremendous impact on the profession during her career. Nationally recognized for her professional skill and knowledge, she served APTA as vice president, on the Board of Directors, and as president of the Foundation for Physical Therapy. Snyder was a tireless advocate for the profession and attended APTA's Federal Advocacy Forum more than 20 years. In 2004, she received APTA's Federal Government Affairs Leadership Award for her efforts at the federal level to preserve and promote the profession of physical therapy.

    Snyder owned and operated Snyder Physical Therapy in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was elected a councilwoman on the City Council of Lincoln in May 2009. She was a life-long campaigner for Lincoln's trails system. She also served as a member of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Board of Health.

    A lifetime runner, Snyder completed 50 marathons in 27 separate states.

    Snyder's extraordinary accomplishments are detailed in the Omaha-World Herald and at JournalStar.com. A funeral is scheduled on October 10, 10 am, at First-Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln.

    In November 2010, APTA established the Jayne Snyder Scholarship Fund to honor Snyder's contributions to APTA, the profession, and the community and acknowledge and reward physical therapists who are single mothers or fathers who exhibit the determination and desire to return to school to obtain a professional or postprofessional degree from a physical therapist education program. Donations to the Jayne Snyder Scholarship Fund can be sent to the PT Fund at 1111 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA, 22314. Please write the check to "PT Fund" and in the Memo line write "Jayne Snyder Scholarship Fund."


    • I am saddened to hear of Jayne's passing. I have always admired her energy and dedication to the profession. She is certsinly a great loss to Physicl Therapy. My sincere condolences

      Posted by Judy Hershberg on 10/7/2011 11:16 PM

    • My sincere condolences to her family. Jayne is a Star in the PT profession & her passing saddens the hearts of many. Many of her colleagues & former students will certainly miss her. Her life & work will be an inspiration to many. May God Bless her & her family. May her Memory be Eternal!

      Posted by Mathews Thomas on 10/8/2011 10:17 PM

    • Jane was an inspiration to us all. I will never forget her dedication to the profession as well as her passion for life. My sincere condolences to her closer friends and family.

      Posted by Tamara Sosnick Orr on 10/10/2011 10:07 AM

    • Jayne was a tireless advocate for our amazing profession, and an inspiration to many who work to keep it that way. It is fitting that a scholarship was developed to memorialize her fine attributes. Sincere thoughts and prayers go to her close family and friends who will miss her.

      Posted by Sundi Hondl, PT on 10/11/2011 9:09 PM

    • Jane's energy, enthusiasm, dedication to the profession and her community.... and that wonderful smile........She was someone very special

      Posted by Jaxene Hillebert on 10/14/2011 12:18 PM

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