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  • PT Leader Helen Hislop Dies

    Physical therapy leader, educator, and author Helen Hislop, PT, PhD, FAPTA, has died near her home in High Point, North Carolina. She was 84.

    Chair of the Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California (USC) until her retirement in 1998, Hislop was also a widely read author of journal articles and textbooks, including Daniels and Worthingham's Muscle Testing, Techniques of Manual Examination and Performance Testing (co-author). Hislop contributed to APTA in many capacities, serving as editor of Physical Therapy from 1961 to 1968, on the Board of Directors from 1976 to 1982, and playing a leading role in the development of the postprofessional education program. Her work in education and research helped to shape the profession of physical therapy as it exists today.

    Hislop's skills as a critical thinker and writer were recognized in 1991 when APTA established the Helen J. Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professional Literature. Hislop was herself the recipient of several major honors during her lifetime, including the Golden Pen Award, the Lucy Blair Service Award, and inclusion as a McMillan lecturer. She was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow in 1983.

    Hislop received her undergraduate education at Central College in Pella, Iowa, and her certificate in physical therapy and master's degree, and doctoral degrees in Physiology from The University of Iowa. She contributed an oral history that is available for loan from the APTA library.

    Look for a full tribute to Hislop in an upcoming issue of Physical Therapy.