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  • PT Leader, Former APTA Vice President Margaret Moore Dead at 94

    Margaret Moore, PT, EdD, a former secretary and first vice president of the APTA Board of Directors and a physical therapy leader gifted with "extraordinary vision, outspoken persistence, and fearless advocacy that did much to shape the field of physical therapy," died on June 15 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She was 94.

    Among other achievements, Moore was instrumental in the establishment of the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine, where she served as assistant dean. A UNC physical therapy department tribute page to Moore credits her with "moving education in the field away from the purely physical to curricula more firmly grounded in basic medical sciences."

    "[Moore] foresaw the need for advanced degrees for physical therapists, even as the idea of a baccalaureate program for physical therapists was just beginning to be accepted widely," the tribute states. "She also pioneered in forging contractual arrangements for practicum training graduates, then went on to extend continuing education programs to improve skills of practicum preceptors."

    Moore's efforts to refine physical therapist education led to her service as project director for a US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare-funded study to develop guidelines for staff development and education effectiveness in physical therapy clinical education. Now considered a landmark study, "Clinical Education in Physical Therapy: Present Status/Future Needs," led to the first widely recognized physical therapist clinical education evaluation tool.

    In addition to her work on educational guidelines, Moore was also committed to the identification and development of physical therapy faculty from minority populations.

    Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Moore received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education, American history, and general science from what is now James Madison University in Virginia. She went on to receive a master’s degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia, and a doctorate in education from Duke University. Career highlights include positions as a physical therapy instructor with the US Army, educational consultant with APTA, and chief of the North Carolina Memorial Hospital's Department of Physical Therapy before moving on to her position at UNC.

    Over her career, Moore received multiple honors and awards, including being named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow and receiving the Lucy Blair Service Award, the Mary McMillan Lecture award, and the APTA Section for Education's Distinguished Educator of the Year Award. In 1989, APTA established the Margaret L. Moore award to recognize outstanding new faculty members. At UNC-CH, various student, scholar, alumni, and lecture awards are named after Moore.

    A celebration of the life of Margaret Moore will be held at Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on July 9 at 1:00 pm ET. The UNC tribute page includes information on making contributions in Moore's name and sending condolences and remembrances to the Moore family.


    • Thank you for this wonderful tribute to Dr. Moore. The UNC physical therapy community is saddened by her loss but stand proud in celebrating her legacy. Dr. Moore's philosophy and approach continue to inspire our efforts to advance the practice, education, and science of physical therapy. Deborah L. Givens, PT, PhD, DPT Professor and Director Division of Physical Therapy The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

      Posted by Deborah Givens on 6/17/2016 10:22 PM

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