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  • APTA Board Member Dave Pariser, PT, PhD, Passes Away

    "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," says APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS, in a statement released this morning. "Dave was an outstanding gentleman and professional whose friendship, devoted service, and leadership we will sorely miss."

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

    Read Rockar's full statement on APTA's website.    

    APTA has created a tribute page for members of the physical therapy community and others to share their memories about Pariser.   


    • My heart aches over the news of Dave's passing. He was such an inspiration to all who knew him. He was an exceptional human being. My prayers for Gina and the girls.

      Posted by Karla LaMarca Buras on 1/15/2013 4:06 PM

    • I am deeply saddened to hear of this. He was the type of PT and person we should all strive to be. He will be missed by all. The profession has lost a great role model. My prayers to Gina and his daughters.

      Posted by Gail Freidhoff -> =OWZ= on 1/15/2013 10:39 PM

    • My favorite professor in PT school. I have not met a wonderful person inside out as Mr. P. I have such a fond memories of him. I am saddened by his news and shocked. Great teachers leave great life time impressions. I pray for peace to his soul and for Gina and girls.

      Posted by Madhavi on 1/16/2013 4:30 PM

    • I went out to dinner with Dave & a group of P.T.'s at my very first national APTA meeting. He was welcoming, encouraging & supportive. We became friends, always taking time at meetings to "catch up" with how the other was doing. It's a great loss to us all. God bless you Dave! Rest in peace!

      Posted by Chris Marsh on 1/18/2013 7:56 PM

    • Dave was a quiet, strength with excellent leadership in all his roles. He will continue to be an inspiration to all his colleagues and friends.

      Posted by Carolyn Bloom on 1/18/2013 11:31 PM

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