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  • Otto Payton, Noted Physical Therapy Author, APTA Fellow, Dies

    Physical therapy leader Otto D. Payton, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Catherine Worthingham fellow and author of the seminal Research in Clinical Practice, died September 4 in Richmond, Virginia. He was 84.

    Professor emeritus of physical therapy at the Medical College of Virginia campus at Virginia Commonwealth University, Payton was an internationally known lecturer and author, as well as a practicing physical therapist for more than 50 years. He edited the Journal of Physical Therapy Education and served as chairman of the editorial board for the Clinics in Physical Therapy series of books throughout its 33-volume publication history.

    In addition to Research in Clinical Practice, Payton authored or coauthored several texts including Patient Participation in Program Planning, Psychosocial Aspects of Clinical Practice, and Treatment Planning for Rehabilitation: A Patient-Centered Approach.

    Payton received the Jules M. Rothstein Golden Pen Award for Scientific Writing from APTA in 1981 and the Lucy Blair Service Award in 1988. He became a Catherine Worthingham fellow in 1993.

    In an oral history available for loan from APTA, Payton also mentions that he served on the Maryland physical therapist examining board with Florence and Henry Kendall, and was an early chair of the Physical Therapy Fund, the predecessor of the Foundation for Physical Therapy.

    He is survived by his daughter, Colleen M. Payton, and granddaughters, Jane Yoon and Meredyth Yoon.


    • So sorry to learn of Otto's death. He was a great colleague in Maryland and Richmond. Had many stimulating conversations with him on physical therapy. He will be missed

      Posted by dean p currier on 9/16/2014 8:52 PM

    • I was saddened to hear of the passing of Dr Payton. He was one of my professors at MCV/VCU back in the mid 80s. He was a classy and caring individual at that institution who left his mark on the profession. I am sure he will be missed.

      Posted by Kevin Lawrence on 9/23/2014 6:37 PM

    • Dr Payton was a kind and gentle man who will be missed by all those who had the privilege o knowing him.

      Posted by Joe Sorg on 9/24/2014 1:17 PM

    • In 1967, Otto Payton was one of my instructor at the U of Maryland in the area of prosthetics and director of the therapy department at University Hospital. He was a soft spoken and very kind instructor from whom I learned a love of prosthetics. He will be missed by the profession.

      Posted by Vanie L. Jones on 9/25/2014 4:23 PM

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