Remembering Dave Pariser, PT, PhD (1960-2013)

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January 15, 2013: A member of APTA's Board of Directors since 2011, and an APTA member since 1981, Dave Pariser, PT, PhD, died unexpectedly last night.

President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS, has issued a statement on behalf of APTA.

The comments section below is open to anyone who would like to share their memories of Dave.

Update: An educational fund has been established for Dave's daughters.

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I am so sorry to learn of this tragic loss! I've known Dave for YEARS as a result of seeing him at the State Legislative Meetings and will miss him. Such a loss for the profession! My sorrow is extended to the family for their loss.
Posted by Ellen Hillegass on 1/15/2013 3:05:54 PM
Shock and great loss are the words that define this sad news for me. I have known Dave and Gina for many years having worked together in New Orleans and through the LPTA. My heart felt prayers go out to Gina and the family.
Posted by Joe McCulloch on 1/15/2013 3:18:11 PM
It is with great saddness that I heard of Dave's passing. He was always a pleasure to be around and always had great stories to share. He will be sorely missed! My thoughts and prayers go our to his family and may peace be with them always.
Posted by Alan Crothers -> @OVbB on 1/15/2013 4:22:15 PM
I am shocked to hear this news! I have not known Dave for long but have been very impressed with his warmth, sincerity, and his quiet deliberative manner. My heartfelt prayers go to his family and to his APTA family at this sorrowful time. May God be with you.
Posted by Joan-Alice Taylor, President of Connecticut Chapt. on 1/15/2013 4:51:41 PM
I am currently a student of Dr. Dave's at Bellarmine University. We met today with all students and faculty and shared out fondest moments of Dr. Dave. Words cannot express how much he will be missed. Keep his family in your prayers.
Posted by Robert Esterle on 1/15/2013 5:16:06 PM
Dr. Dave was an amazing person who made all who came in contact with him feel welcome. He inspired so many to achieve their goals as a professor. Along with being an outstanding professor, Dr. Dave went above and beyond for our profession and you could tell he loved every moment. Thoughts and prayers for the family. I will miss you my friend.
Posted by Sam Gerding on 1/15/2013 5:27:32 PM
The North Carolina Chapter wishes to extend its deepest condolences to Gina, Ada and Kayla. Your husband and father was loved by many within our component leadership and membership. He was a great man, had a huge heart, was a friend to everyone and a mentor to many. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered for the wonderful memories and service he gave to our professional family. We will certainly miss him. May God make his face to shine upon your family and somehow give you peace in this very difficult time of loss.
Posted by Dean McCall, PT, DPT, OCS, NCPTA President on 1/15/2013 5:41:13 PM
The Missouri Chapter extends their condolences to Dave's Family, his co-workers and students. I had the opportunity to meet Dave in Tampa at the APTA meeting last June. He was warm and gracious with a great enthusiasm for life and the profession. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Posted by Paula J. Burnett, PT, President of Missouri Chapte on 1/15/2013 5:41:48 PM
Dave consistently served his patients, students, and colleagues with integrity and compassion. I am grateful for his work as a reviewer for the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, and will be holding Gina and his family in thought and prayer.
Posted by Michelle Lusardi on 1/15/2013 5:45:27 PM
I felt a real loss when I heard the news today. Dave was a very good man who would always lend an ear with a smile on his face. His practical and common sense approach to life was refreshing. He was everything that you could ask for in a friend.
Posted by Susan Whitney -> =NU`= on 1/15/2013 6:10:02 PM
I was so shocked to hear of Dave passing. He was a wonderful person to be around and he always had a smile on his face! He always knew how to take the stress away from college life and make you laugh. He was so passionate about his profession and his family. He will truly be missed! Thinking of Gina and the twins...
Posted by Jennifer on 1/15/2013 6:10:15 PM
I was a student of Dr. Dave at Bellarmine University as well. I just wanted to attest to the type of man he was. He was not only my friend, but also my role model for the therapist I am working hard to become. Each day in class he would greatly motivateand inspire. Just yesterday in between classes I had the opportunity to speak with him. I have never met someone who listens and genuinely cares to the extent that Dr Dave did. I will miss him, but the person he was will be carried on in every future patient I treat! Please keep his wife and daughters in your prayers.
Posted by Andrew Walsh on 1/15/2013 6:11:58 PM
I am currently a student of Dr. Dave's at Bellarmine University as well. I met a patient from the Service Learning Clinic here while running several weeks ago. She recalled him by name and was thrilled to see my enthusiasm for my future profession. The outreach he has done here and throughout his career inspires me. Heaven gained a good one.
Posted by Kaitlyn Reid on 1/15/2013 6:16:52 PM
All I could think in reading this was "What?" Dave has been such a special friend being a fellow Chapter President, and room mate while we both ran for National Offices. Dave even told a couple of Boudreaux & Thibodeaux jokes. He was the only person I knew that was a victim of Hurricane Katrina, yet never complained of it. He was the most positive person that I have known, even dealing in politics all those years... Dave was always a teacher, even teaching me a lesson as he died. I learned about Splenic artery aneurysms unfortunately. Dave Pariser has served well his family & friends, his community's, university's, state's, & professional association. Thank you Gina & girls for sharing him! R.I.P.
Posted by Jerry A. Smith, PT, ATC/L, MBA on 1/15/2013 6:24:52 PM
This news is a shock and a severe loss will be felt by our entire professional community. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work closely with Dave over this past year.I was looking forward to seeing him next week. My heart goes out to his wife and daughters.
Posted by Ira Gorman on 1/15/2013 6:32:31 PM
I will always remember Dave fondly- a true gentleman! APTA was lucky to have him represent all of us and he will be dearly missed. I learned so much from watching him in his many leadership roles and how he valued every person he had contact with. Hoping that Gina and the girls know how very much he loved them!
Posted by Cathy Ciolek on 1/15/2013 7:12:46 PM
The Louisiana Chapter sends heartfelt condolences to Gina and the twins at the tragic loss of their husband and father. With whom shall I sit at the President's luncheon at CSM? Dave was always such a good listener with such reassuring words at difficult times, and in his role as APTA's Board Liaison to the Louisiana Chapter (with the added bonus that he had once served as LPTA's President), his advice and service was invaluable. The world of physical therapy has lost a mentor and mediator and he shall forever be missed.
Posted by Beth Ward, President of LPTA on 1/15/2013 7:27:45 PM
If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives. Dr. Dave was a giver. Never ceasing to instill genuine enthusiasm with realistic positivity, and unequivocal humor and wit, in all that he did. This is how he connected to people. This is what defined him as a person unlike any other I have ever met. It is a great loss that we experience today. But let us never forget that we all have an inner Dr. Dave waiting to be harnessed, so that we may be better therapists to our patients, better husbands to our wives, and more diligent humanitarians. He set out to make a positive impact on all that he contacted, not for professional accolades, or for self reassurance, but solely because he loved everything he did, and believed in our profession to help others. This is the most altruistic and self-less reason possible; the epitome of everything that is right and good in the world. Let us learn from him and live out our inner Dr. Dave every single day until it is our time to leave this earth. Rest in Peace Dave. Your memory will live on in all that I do. -Brandon
Posted by Brandon Fowler, PT,DPT, BU DPT graduate class 2010 on 1/15/2013 7:34:36 PM
This is a profound loss for our professional community, but surely more so for Dave's family and closest friends. My heart is heavy, my thoughts are with his wife and children. We will miss his contributions, his devotion to his profession and the positive impact he made on so many people.
Posted by Linda E. Arslanian, PT, DPT, MS on 1/15/2013 7:36:53 PM
President Rockar was so right to describe Dave as a gentleman. He was kind to every one of us every time he saw us. He gave so much to our profession. We are blessed by having known him.
Posted by Venita Lovelace-Chandler on 1/15/2013 7:40:24 PM
Dave was my colleague, mentor, and friend. Dave knew his purpose and his calling. Dave inspired me, my peers and hundreds of students to believe in the power of physical therapy. I am thankful that I had the honor of knowing Dave Pariser. I miss you Dave.
Posted by David Boyce PT, EdD, ECS, OCS on 1/15/2013 7:41:30 PM
I was a student of Dr. Dave's at Bellarmine, he was not only my teacher, but someone I could count on to talk to and mentor me in my transition from PT to where I am now. He was always in my court and there for me, always willing to hand out words of wisdom, a funny joke hear and there, or change the subject and talk about hockey and the Penguins. He welcomed me with open arms whenever it came to coming back in town to visit, and I always made it a point to spend some time with him. He was a truly genuine individual, and definitely left his mark at Bellarmine and his legacy will live on through all the PT students and everyone he has encountered. Words cannot express the amount of gratitude I have towards him, and how much I cherished his friendship. The amount of compassion and care he showed will continue to carry on in my daily practices with future patients. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Gina, Ada, and Kayla, and the entire BU-PT community. He will be forever missed and his smile will forever beam in our hearts. Rest in Peace
Posted by Eric Gustafson, DPM Candidate on 1/15/2013 7:54:58 PM
I have the amazing honor of saying that I was one of Dr. Dave's students at Bellarmine. He embodied the spirit of our profession and loved so fully everything about physical therapy. He was an amazing man; it was obvious for anyone to see. It was truly a gift to have seen this inspiration and have learned through him how to pass it on in practice. I will forever be grateful for the time I got to spend with him and his absence will be felt throughout the Bellarmine community and in the APTA.
Posted by Amanda Mattingly Ball on 1/15/2013 8:02:45 PM
I will always remember the kindness and joy Dave Pariser carried about him....with regards to Gina and his daughters; teaching and inspiring his students; and promoting professionslism and good works in physical therapy. He welcomed us all and lived well. My heart goes out to Gina and their daughters.
Posted by Dar Orangias on 1/15/2013 8:31:31 PM
We lost a great human being and true statesman.. Our hearts ache, but the knowledge the angels have a great new colleauge is a small ray of sunshine. Peace and condolences to family, friends and students- you are his legacy of a life well lived.
Posted by Dee Daley on 1/15/2013 8:44:47 PM
It is with a heavy heart that I write today with the loss of an amazing professor, mentor and therapist. Dave taught his students with a sincere love and devotion to this profession. I remember specifically him holding up his hands and stating, "These are your tools. Take care of them, protect them, so you can continue to work." He taught us professionalism, locking the door to lab if we were late (I took many notes with an ear pressed to the door!) He taught us compassion, demonstrating how to truly listen to our patients. When remembering Mr. P, I just recall love, patience, humor and sincerity. Gina- sending you a big hug from LA and praying for your family during this time.
Posted by Shelly Normand Worthington, MPT- Class of 2001 on 1/15/2013 8:52:42 PM
Dr. Dave Pariser was an incredible man and an inspiration to the profession of physical therapy. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to learn from one of the best. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Pariser family. Dr. Dave you will be missed and your influence on physical therapy will not be forgotten.
Posted by Ryan Hamilton on 1/15/2013 9:52:46 PM
I was lucky enough to be a student of Dave Pariser quite some time ago. When hearing about this, I know the physical therapy profession lost a true ambassador. My memories recall a passionate professional who truly found his calling in teaching the therapists of tomorrow. My heart goes out to Gina and their two daughters. I am a better person and therapist today because of Dave Pariser.
Posted by Jaime Caillet, LSUHSC MPT Class of 2001 on 1/15/2013 10:06:08 PM
My heart is very heavy. I am so saddened by the loss of Dave. He was such a kind,caring, and encouraging friend. My prayers and hugs for Gina and family.
Posted by PJ Phelps on 1/15/2013 10:15:09 PM
Dr. Dave was truly a mentor, friend, and colleague. He was the ultimate advocate for our profession and truly represented it in the highest degree. He is one of the toughest people I know who came back from many physical set backs and never waivered in his attitude and outlook on life. Truly a great person, a great PT, and will be missed. My thoughts are with his family. Thank you Dave for all you have done. It will not be forgotten.
Posted by Eric McElroy DPT, OCS on 1/15/2013 10:18:35 PM
Dr Dave interviewed me for PT school at Bellarmine and I wouldn't be as happy in my life as I am now without him!! His laugh was always the best and every comment made about him on here is true obviously. What a great man! The profession is weaker after today!! Prayers with his family and BU staff as everyone loved him!!!!
Posted by Levi Bristow on 1/15/2013 10:22:17 PM
I feel honored to have had Dr. Dave as an instructor at Bellarmine University. He developed a personal relationship with all of his students and knew how to bring a smile to everyone’s face. Dr. Dave was a great educator, physical therapist, and advocate for all those he encountered. He loved what he did and truly made a difference in many people's lives. Dr. Dave was a great mentor and he will be greatly missed.
Posted by Genny Tibbs on 1/15/2013 10:54:37 PM
On behalf of the Student Assembly, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to Dave's family, friends, colleagues and students. Dave was admired and respected by students across the nation. He was always quick to engage students, with a smile on his face. At my first Board of Directors meeting this past December, Dave willingly guided me through the meeting, offering explanations for anything I didn't understand and encouraging me to share my own opinions. After my brief interaction with him, I can understand why he was a role model to so many. Thank you Dave, for all that you did. Your contributions to your students, community, and our profession will live long beyond your time, and we will aspire to live up to the example you set.
Posted by Joshua D'Angelo -> AIT`DN on 1/15/2013 11:01:00 PM
As a current student of Dr. Dave's, I am so thankful to have known such an amazing man. I trust all who had the privilege will strive to continue his legacy in education, advocacy, and practice. He will continue to inspire us, strengthen us, and guide us. And I guarantee you will catch yourself chuckling as you randomly recall a funny joke he told you along the way. Please keep his family, our faculty, and student body in your thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Olivia Tefera on 1/15/2013 11:07:28 PM
Words cannot begin to express the deep sadness we feel and heavy hearts we have at the loss of such a good friend and truly awesome person that was Dave Pariser. Dave was the consummate professional, leader, diplomat, colleague, educator and friend; that's just the short list. Always there with a smile and a hug; always there to support and to lead; always there to uplift and encourage. The world now has a huge void without his presence, which in no way can ever be filled. We feel so very honored and privileged to have called him friend, and we deeply appreciate Gina, Ada and Kayla sharing him so unselfishly with us, his physical therapy family. He was indeed a prince among men and will never be forgotten. God bless his soul, and bless his sweet family. We love you and are here for you.
Posted by Kinta and Greg LeBlanc on 1/15/2013 11:09:55 PM
I am saddened at the loss of a great PT, a wonderful mentor and teacher, a great Leader and a great person. My heart goes out to Dave's family--his wife and daughters are in my prayers as are all who were close to him. We will miss you Dave!
Posted by Susan Chalcraft -> AGUa@ on 1/15/2013 11:22:14 PM
We lost one of our great leaders today. We all have benefitted from what Dave did for our profession throughout his entire professional career. We will miss him, and fondly recall his sense of humor and what an effective spokesman he was for our profession. My sincerest condolences to his wife and daughters who so graciously allowed him to serve his profession to the benefit of all of us for many years.
Posted by Nancy Kirsch on 1/15/2013 11:36:49 PM
I can't begin to express how much Dave meant to me as a friend, colleague, and partner in many adventures over the years. He was the BEST listener and the first person I turned to when I really needed someone to be there for me. I'll miss you Dave, and I'll never forget how you loaned me your courage and kindness when I needed it most. LOVEYA!
Posted by Susan Welsh on 1/15/2013 11:39:13 PM
Dr. Dave was a comfort and inspiration to all who knew him, particularly his students. He not only did a wonderful job of educating us on the importance of being a hard working and caring physical therapist, but also on the importance of being a hardworking and caring human being. He was, without question, one of the most genuine people I have had the pleasure to know. I will never forget all that I learned from him during my 3 years in the Bellarmine PT program. He will be missed but not forgotten. Goodbye Dr. Dave. Thank you.
Posted by Kayla Stull on 1/15/2013 11:50:50 PM
I can't begin to express how much Dave meant to me as a friend, colleague, and partner in many adventures over the years. He was the BEST listener and the first person I turned to when I really needed someone to be there for me. I'll miss you Dave, and I'll never forget how you loaned me your courage and kindness when I needed it most. LOVEYA!
Posted by Susan Welsh on 1/16/2013 12:28:24 AM
Dave was a great friend, mentor and teacher. Undoubtedly one of the best teachers I've ever had, and many more have said the same thing, be they from LSU or Bellarmine. I was very fortunate to stay in close contact with Dave and Gina after they left LSU. I always loved seeing them at annual conferences, and will miss seeing Dave's smile. He will be missed by all of us who knew him, but his legacy will remain in his passion for physical therapy--particularly for education. Our thoughts and prayers go to Gina and the twins.
Posted by Phil Page on 1/16/2013 7:44:45 AM
The faculty of the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy would like to express our deepest condolences on the passing of Dave Pariser. As we talked about the news of Dave's passing today, it was evident that he had impacted many of us in a variety of ways -- as a mentor, a host, a leader and a friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gina, his daughters and his students and colleagues at Bellarmine.
Posted by Stephanie Kelly on 1/16/2013 8:25:00 AM
The words "gentleman and scholar" are meant to describe people like Dave. He was the ultimate in both. My heart is sad and my thoughts are with Gina, Ada and Kayla. I'll miss seeing Dave on early morning walks and very early hours in hotel gyms before the day really started. He was always there...and always will be in so many ways.
Posted by Babette Sanders on 1/16/2013 8:50:25 AM
We have lost a great leader as well as a kind, warm, caring person. Serving with him was a priviledge.He will be missed. Thank you, Dave, for everything you did for us. Thank you to his family for sharing your precious time with him with us.
Posted by Catherine Sells PT on 1/16/2013 8:53:36 AM
As a new adjunct instructor, I am extremely appreciative of all I learned just by being in Dr. Dave's presence. He was truly a unique combination of excellence and humility and seemed to somehow always have time to invest in those around him. Any of us that have spent time with Dr. Dave have not only benefitted from his academic and clinical knowledge but have also learned much about how to be a fine and quality person. Dr. Dave will be missed by many and forgotten by none. My prayers and condolences to Dr. Gina, Ada, and Kayla. God bless.
Posted by Whitney Ensor on 1/16/2013 9:25:51 AM
Words cannot begin to describe the shock and heartache I felt at hearing of the loss of Dave Pariser. He truly was a gentleman and a professional. I considered him a good friend and colleague who will be greatly missed. May God bring comfort and peace to Gina and the girls as well as to all who knew Dave.
Posted by Pam Ritzline on 1/16/2013 12:03:27 PM
We are saddened to hear of Dave's passing. You all will always be a part of the St. Paul's family and will always remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Sylvia Parks on 1/16/2013 12:04:23 PM
I am currently a student of the Bellarmine PT program. Shock and numb do not even begin to describe the atmosphere on campus. I am truly thankful to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from such a great man. Dr. Dave was an advocate, educator, but most importantly a friend. The two things that I will miss the most about him are our hockey talks in between classes and his infectious way of making class fun and enjoyable. He loved what he did and showed it every day. If I can practice with half the passion Dr. Dave displayed on a daily basis, I know I will be a very happy and successful therapist. Thank you Dr. Dave. You, Dr. Gina, and the girls are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Nicholas Pucillo on 1/16/2013 12:16:14 PM
I am deeply saddened to hear this news. I will miss my mentor and friend who I admired and respected so much. I was fortunate to have known Dave. He taught me so many life lessons that have not only helped me professionally, but personally. I will never forget the first state government affairs meeting that I attended. I had arrived late due to my flight and was nervously standing in the back of the room. Dave, the gentleman that he was walked over to me and welcomed me to his table and introduced me to his friends from LA. The mentoring began from that moment. I was so touched and have considered him a good friend and a wonderful mentor since that day. All these years he always made time to connect with me at a conference and help me in someway with that wonderful smile. I will miss you Dave. My thoughts and prayers go out to Gina and his twins. Dave talked about you often and how much he loved and appreciated you. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I thank you so much for sharing him with his PT family.
Posted by Eva Norman, PT, DPT on 1/16/2013 1:37:50 PM
Disbelief and sadness! Although not a day-to-day close personal friend of Dave's-that is exactly how he made me feel the 2-3 times our paths crossed each year. Besides his professional contributions being missed big-time, there will be a void on the personal side of the ledger for me. I will miss him.
Posted by Bill Boissonnault on 1/16/2013 1:58:58 PM
I was a student of Mr. "P" (as we all called him back then) at LSU-New Orleans. He had this amazing way of making everyone feel as if they were his favorite student. I never once dreaded his class or his exams. He cared so much and wanted to make sure that we were learning what was necessary to practice our profession with accuracy. Kind, funny, humble, and brilliant come to mind when I think of him. Many prayers of comfort to all of his family and friends.
Posted by Kayla Blackwell on 1/16/2013 3:17:04 PM
We are truly saddened by the loss of our dear colleague and friend. Dave was a true Southern gentleman and he is missed already. May the memories of his full life bring comfort to all loved ones during this time of tragic loss. Dr. Dave always made a positive difference with everyone he came into contact with - may his spirit live on within each of us. Our hearts go out to the faculty, staff and students of Bellarmine University. Our sincere condolences to Gina, Ada and Kayla, thank you for sharing your father and husband with our profession. You remain ever in our thoughts and prayers. Our deep condolences, on behalf of the Florida Delegation and Southern Region Caucus.
Posted by Gina Maria Musolino on 1/16/2013 4:15:45 PM
Hard-working, unassuming, with a ready smile and a warm, gracious manner; these are my memories of Dave. I will miss him.
Posted by Sue Griffin on 1/16/2013 4:24:22 PM
I have always looked up to Dave for his dedication and commitment to the profession he served so well. His status amongst the community was well respected and admired by many. He is an example to us all. I will miss seeing his smiling face at our conferences. My deepest sympathies to the family and friends. I pray the Lord heals us all of this terrible loss. Thank You Dave for all you were and all you did! God Bless!
Posted by Danny P. Landry PTA on 1/16/2013 5:19:51 PM
Sending deepest condolences to his family, and feeling sad at our loss of such a wonderful person and educator in our field of physical therapy.
Posted by Sundi Hondl, on 1/16/2013 5:23:24 PM
Dave was a kind, funny and warmhearted man, a wonderful teacher and the consummate professional. I remember with great fondness the pride and delight he took in talking about his girls, and what a great relationship he and Gina shared. I'm so sad to hear of his passing; the loss to those he loved is unfathomable. The energy he contributed to their lives and our profession lives on.
Posted by Christine Cook PT, MS on 1/16/2013 5:32:37 PM
Dear Mr. P, thank you for believing in me, making me laugh, and being such an inspiration! Really sad that we lost you so soon. You made the world a much better place.
Posted by Genevieve on 1/16/2013 5:38:47 PM
I was honored to be taught by Mr. P at LSU. He was quick with a joke and brightened the room with his smile and passion for PT. Our prayers for his family. Rest in peace, Dave.
Posted by Michael Babin on 1/16/2013 6:24:45 PM
I have known Dave for as long as I have been in the House, which is to say only a very short span of this great man's life. It is with a heavy heart that I write these comments while thinking of just how true a professional Dave Pariser was. I really got to know Dave in 2011 when we both ran for APTA National Office. I laughed then then as I laugh now thinking of Dave trying to "look" professional in suit and tie just weeks after serious shoulder surgery, still on narcotic pain medication and trying to stay focused on the election. I can't remember how many times myself or others had to adjust his tie or other pieces of clothing so that he presented the sharp dressed candidate that running for national office demanded. What I remember most about Dave during those hectic months leading up to the election was how easily he laughed or made me laugh and what good times we had. That big a bulky sling prevented him from dressing himself but it didn't prevent him from winning the election to the APTA Board of Directors and serving with distinction right up to his untimely and sudden passing. You were a good friend and colleague and leave a big void in the hearts of all who knew you... Steve T Washington State
Posted by Stephen B. Tollefson PT DPT on 1/16/2013 7:13:27 PM
Our heartfelt prayers go out to Gina and the girls.Dave was a good shepherd among men and utmost example of a true disciple for our profession he so elequently represented and served.Dave practiced what he preached and that genuine trait was so contagious.We shared the value of a healthy sense of humor.It served him well.May we all learn from this wise and gentle man and be better for it.We will miss you,Dave.
Posted by Paige and Paul Lamothe on 1/16/2013 7:37:26 PM
I had the privilege of being a student of "Mr. P" at LSUHSC in New Orleans from 2000-2002. He was a wonderful teacher, a gifted PT and a treasure of a person. I am deeply saddened by our sudden loss of this fine gentleman. May fond memories and the grace and love of God carry you through this challenging time. The world has truly lost a spark of light in his passing.
Posted by Rayme Pullen, PT, OCS on 1/16/2013 7:50:33 PM
Mr. P was an amazing human being. He was a mentor and a role model to follow on both a personal and a professional level. He was loved at LSUHSC in New Orleans. Through his ideals, ethics, academics and heart, Mr. P epitomized the statement, "The science of healing, the art of caring." We are all blessed for the opportunity to have crossed paths with David Pariser.
Posted by David Bock, MPT on 1/16/2013 9:43:44 PM
I keep hoping that the news we received was incorrect.... Dave had a delightful way of communicating in a disarming manner, no matter what he had to say. He let everyone know how sincerely valuable they were to him as friends and fellow students of life. Family was ultimate in his vision, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Gina and the girls. Yall are still members of our St. Paul's community, and we are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Dave.
Posted by Pat and Gina Ragland on 1/16/2013 10:13:57 PM
Dave will be greatly missed. He was a terrific friend and the epitome of the physical therapist we all hope to strive for every day of our lives. I will miss his smile, hello, and hug at national meetings. May our prayers and warm thoughts, from everyone who knew him, surround Gina and the girls during this difficult time. Rest in peace.
Posted by Lynn Jeffries, OK Chief Delegate on 1/16/2013 10:19:38 PM
News like this is hard to take and will take some time to digest. The privilege to have friends such as Dave, Gina, and the girls is one of life's blessings. Dave's love and devotion to family and service to his profession should inspire all of us.
Posted by Gerald and Gillian Myers on 1/16/2013 11:08:25 PM
Dr. Dave was one of my favorite professors. He interviewed me for the BU program and from the moment we met I knew I wanted to attend school there, and that I wanted to be just like him when i "grew up". He was so warm and caring, he knew no strangers. His classes were always so light and easy to become engaged. He always had an interesting story or joke. I doubt he knew what an impact he made on his students, but reading all of the posts above, I can see that he made an equal impact on everyone who crossed paths with him. How lucky we all were. I will miss you terribly.
Posted by Megan Clayton on 1/16/2013 11:37:24 PM
What a tribute to the man he was to be remembered so fondly, by so many people who felt privileged to know and love him. Dave has touched so many lives and will be remembered for his passion, his humility, his humor and the kindness he showed to all who had the good fortune to know him. My heartfelt sympathy to Gina, Ada and Kayla as they grieve his loss.
Posted by Diane Sehrt -> @GP]> on 1/16/2013 11:53:32 PM
Our hearts were broken upon hearing about David passing away. To his family and friends, we're sorry for your loss. Our PT community was richer and wiser for having him in our profession. Thanks, Dave, for all you did for us with your energy and inspiration. You're a great man. We wish your family peace.
Posted by Elaine Armantrout, PT, DSc, ECS President PTWA on 1/16/2013 11:54:41 PM
We at St. Paul's are holding you all in our prayers and our hearts! We love you dearly and have only wonderful memories of Dave and you, Gina, Ava, and Kayla. You will be remembered at every chapel! Our hearts break for you, but also rejoice in a life so richly lived.
Posted by Deborah Waldmann, Chaplain, St. Paul's Episcopal on 1/17/2013 10:21:09 AM
Our deepest sympathy from South Dakota. Wow! What a shock when we lose someone so young and our own age. I have know Dave for more than 10 years on the National scene seeing him in the HOD and at the SGAF over the years. He was always very professional and a gentleman. We will deeply miss his smile and wisdom.
Posted by Phil Moe on 1/17/2013 10:27:10 AM
Dave was a class act all the way. He will be deeply missed. Heartfelt condolences to his family, students, and colleagues.
Posted by John Nyland on 1/17/2013 11:21:50 AM
What a special person we have lost. Dave was a true gentleman with a big heart. He was a colleague and friend, a man who truly made a difference. I was always impressed with his big picture perspective and ability to listen. He has left behind a legacy and blueprint for the ideal leader. God Bless and prayers for Dave's family and large circle of friends, heaven is a better place now.
Posted by Laurie B. Kontney, DPT, MS on 1/17/2013 11:50:02 AM
My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Gina and the children. Dave was an outstanding professor and person and I learned so much from him while at LSUHSC in New Orleans. His passion for teaching and training others was incredible. Our profession is better for the contributions Dave gave. May we all remember the value of life. May God comfort his family and welcome Dave to his enternal home.
Posted by Jason Greene on 1/17/2013 11:55:00 AM
As a childhood and life-long friend of Dave’s, I am not at all surprised to see this outpouring of love and support from his colleagues, students and friends. Growing up with Dave, we all were lucky enough to experience his warmth, good humor and compassion – long before most of us were grown up enough to really appreciate it. Dave was always the first with a kind word and a helping hand, even as our lives took us in different directions and to far-away locations. It is so heartening to see that Dave has touched as many lives as he has – a true legacy emerging from this tragic loss. Our love and heartfelt sympathy to Gina, their daughters and the rest of Dave's family.
Posted by Lindsay Howard on 1/17/2013 12:40:15 PM
Dave was a great colleague and friend. I'll miss his expertise and humor. His passing is a great loss.
Posted by Robert Topp, RN, PhD on 1/17/2013 12:53:57 PM
I was fortunate enough to have Dave teach and mentor me at LSU PT school back from 1995-97. He was always ready to help his students in any way that he could no matter what he had on his plate (which was always pretty full). He is someone that I have always thought of when it comes to how I should carry myself not only as a physical therapist, but as a husband and father as well. May God's grace comfort Gina and her daughters during this difficult time.
Posted by Mike McNeil on 1/17/2013 2:14:38 PM
My prayers to his family and to all who had opportunity to have their lives blessed by Dave's presence. His sincerity, humor, and thoughtful insight will remain in my memory.
Posted by Kathryn Zalewski -> ?LR^C on 1/17/2013 3:20:17 PM
"A friend is someone who reaches for your hand but touches your heart." Our hearts are broken at the loss of our dear friend and colleague. Dave was a remarkable man with a gentle spirit, and we will miss him deeply. Peace and blessings to Gina, Ada, and Kayla and to his students and colleagues and our community.
Posted by Ellen Spake -> @NQa< on 1/17/2013 3:33:33 PM
The faculty and students at Texas State send our sincere sympathy, love and respect to the faculty and students at Bellarmine who have lost a critical member of the family there; to our professional leaders and colleagues who have sustained the loss of a wonderful professional and colleague, and to Dave's family, who so graciously shared this wonderful person with the rest of us!
Posted by Barbara Sanders -> CKTcA on 1/17/2013 4:40:51 PM
The Kentucky Chapter will miss our dear friend and mentor, Dave! He had time for anyone who had a question or needed guidance. He was nice and kind and an example for all of us on how to move our practices forward. He always had great family stories praising his wife and beautiful daughters. The follies of his dog were always great for laughs. He has made a foundation for our profession that will be the base for physical therapy's future greatness.
Posted by Michael Muscarella, President, Kentucky Chapter on 1/17/2013 5:45:36 PM
Dave was such an admirable person who was passionate about physical therapy. He had a wonderful and warm style about him as a colleague. He is someone who met challenges with style and grace.
Posted by Craig Johnson -> @JX]C on 1/17/2013 6:47:23 PM
We will miss Dave's wisdom. We will miss Dave's leadership. We will miss Dave's humor. We will miss Dave. My thoughts and prayers to Dave's family and friends in the coming difficult days. Godspeed Dave.
Posted by John Barnes on 1/17/2013 7:46:23 PM
I knew Dave when he was on the nominating commiee, then I was honored to be elected and to serve with him for 1 year. He taught me so many things during that year, and became a true friend. He was funny, astute, and kind, and wa the epitome of a physical therapist. We have lost a leader, teacher, and friend. Janet Downey
Posted by Janet Downey -> CKWb< on 1/17/2013 9:41:45 PM
Being a recent graduate blessed with the opportunity to get to know such an amazing person over the past 3 years has made the past 3 days very difficult. But during this time I have come to an important realization: The sun shines every day. Some days are just more cloudy than others, making it hard to see what's on the other side. This is what Dr. Dave taught me. That even in the most difficult of times we can still be ourselves, still smile and laugh, and even in the darkest of days we can still see the light. Not enough good things can be said about Dr. Dave and I have no doubts his legacy will live on and flourish through all of us as we strive to be the best PTs and human beings possible, just as he taught us. Thank you Dr. Dave. Rest in peace knowing you and your laugh will not be forgotten. Love and Peace to all who knew and loved Dr. Dave.
Posted by Craig Satterley on 1/17/2013 11:25:34 PM
Dave was always a gentleman and one of those folks that make me proud to be a physical therapist. He represents all that is good about our profession. I cannot fathom a meeting without him and next week's CSM will be missing an important ingredient.
Posted by Joe Black on 1/18/2013 6:58:21 AM
What a GREAT human being!!!!! I've heard that we should write our own eulogy while alive and try to live up to what we write about ourselves. Dave was well loved, admired, and respected by all. If we could all live like he did the world would be a better place. Dave will continue to be a Great inspiration for me. Thanks Dave! You made the world a better place. We will miss you.
Posted by Rich Baudry -> AISb?N on 1/18/2013 10:34:10 AM
With Dave's passing, the world has lost a great physical therapist, professor, husband, father and friend to many. Dave has touched so many lives during his time in Louisiana and Kentucky, which is evident by the numerous posts celebrating his legacy. I am no exception. Dave was my PT teacher from 1993-1995. Dave had a gentle way about him, that no matter how bad you were screwing up at the time, he could provide constructive criticism in a manner that still made you feel good about yourself. Dave's influence on me is tremendous. As a physical therapist, Dave taught me patience and passion for those coming to me for help. Now that I am an instructor, there is not a day that I do not think about Dave and strive to be as positive an influence on my students as he was for me. Thanks Dave. I am lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from you and consider you a friend. Ada and Kayla, one of my fondest memories of your dad was when you were born. He was showing off your pictures to anyone who would see them. He loved you the moment he saw you. Gina, thanks for sharing your husband with the world. I know your loss cannot be measured, but I hope you are comforted by the fact that many people love you both and are better for having you and Dave in our lives. May God provide you comfort during this time. Marty
Posted by Marty Aime on 1/18/2013 11:12:07 AM
I am shocked and very saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. What a tremendous loss for all of us. He was truly a bright light in our profession and will be profoundly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Posted by Emmett Parker PT, MS, ATC on 1/18/2013 4:16:24 PM
Dave was a complete stranger to me until I saw the work he did for passing legislation in the state of Kentucky on limiting co-pays. At this point, I e-mailed him out of the blue and he immediately responded with a very warm e-mail and told me to seek him out at the next major conference, which was coming up that weekend. Unfortunately our paths never crossed, but I was always had a lot of respect for him because of how quickly he responded to a complete stranger and how just through an e-mail, it was easy to see how generous of a man he was. Thank you Dave for the time you gave a complete stranger and the inspiration you provided me to continue to fight for privileges that will better help the patients we treat.
Posted by Joey Holmes on 1/18/2013 8:10:39 PM
A kind smile, a warm hand shake, easy to share a laugh with,...strongly committed to his family, friends and profession. Dave you will be missed and remembered.
Posted by Erik Moen on 1/18/2013 8:40:59 PM
It was truly an honor and a privledge to be associated with my dearest friend Dave. I am most grateful to have been touched by Dave's friendship and unconditional love during my lifetime. He was my little brother as we grew up across the street from one another and thus an endearing close relationship began some 50 yrs ago. We nurtured that bond through our lives from GI JOES to WVU to professional lives and families. Relationships,family,care and love of his fellows was of the utmost importance to Dave. He taught me so much more than i could have ever learned in any classroom. For that i am eternally grateful. Although it was cut short Dave finihed the race the way we should all aspire to. God bless you David and God bless all those you loved
Posted by Michael George D.D.S on 1/18/2013 11:06:40 PM
The world has lost a wonderful man, mentor, and friend. I will be a better physical therapist, but more importantly, a better person having met him. Rest in peace, Dr. Dave. You will be greatly missed.
Posted by Stephanie McCauley Bellarmine University on 1/19/2013 8:40:00 AM
Gina...I did not know your husband but from everyone's comments, it sounds like I missed out! I certainly have loved working with you and extend my sincere condolences at this difficult time.
Posted by Catherine Goodman on 1/19/2013 2:21:36 PM
Retired since 2003, my PT career spanned 43 years, half of it at LSU PT in New orleans. I met Dave when he came to New Orleans in the mid-1980's, and hired him on the faculty in 1988. One of the easiest and best decisions I ever made. So many wonderful qualities wrapped up in a medium sized fellow with boundless energy, a sunny disposition, and a ready smile for everyone: great communication skills and a natural teacher, intelligent yet humble, always focused on serving his patients, students, profession and community. And for many of us a dear friend we'll remember the rest of our lives. God bless and comfort Gina, Ada and Kayla.
Posted by George Hampton,PT, MPH, ret. on 1/19/2013 5:17:53 PM
My heart is heavy and saddened to hear of Dave's passing. I worked with him as a student many years ago at WVU Medical Center. He ALWAYS had a smile, a great sense of humor, and taught me to ALWAYS respect and listen to my patients. He was a wonderful example of professionalism and excellence. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May God hold you close.
Posted by Cindy Henderson PT ATC on 1/19/2013 5:49:19 PM
I was shocked and saddened when I heard of Dave's passing. I had the opportunity to teach with Dave at LSU along with his dear wife, Gina. Dave was a great teacher, colleague and friend to all those he encountered. He contributed much to the profession and will be dearly missed. I knew his twin daughters when they were just babies and my thoughts and prayers are with them and Gina.
Posted by Gerard J. DeMauro, MS, PT on 1/20/2013 6:43:18 PM
A southern gentlemen in every sense of the word best describes David, soft spoken, kind almost to a fault, and easy going. We all will miss David's soft smile and kind heart. My prayers are with his family, may God bless.
Posted by Michael Cibulka on 1/20/2013 11:14:55 PM
A good, kind and gentle man. Thank you Gina and girlls for sharing your husband and your dad with his PT family for so many years! I will miss seeing him every year at the HOD and annual conference. But have peace in knowing that as we say goodbye they are shouting from the other side, "Yeah! Here he comes!" I pray that you are comforted in knowing he was so close to so many! Patty Rode DPT North Carolina Delegate
Posted by Patricia Rode -> CFP\ on 1/21/2013 8:39:19 AM
It is rare to find someone who touched so many lives in such a positive way. Dr. Dave was a role model for us all, not only in regards to his physical therapy knowledge and treatment skills, but even more so in his day to day interactions. Quick with a smile and a joke, he could make your day better in an instant. Dr. Dave would often walk by my classmates and me as we were sitting in the PT department lobby. As he passed he would grin and say, "Well, carry on!" Throughout this past week, I have thought of that often, and I know that "Carry on!" would be his wish for Dr. Gina, his daughters, his family members, the faculty and staff of the Bellarmine PT department, and all those who knew and loved him. He lives on in all of us each time we lay our hands on a patient or smile at someone who is having a bad day. My everlasting admiration, affection, and gratitude, Dr. Dave.
Posted by Billie Rehberg, BU PT Class of '11 on 1/21/2013 10:24:55 AM
What a devastating loss for our profession! We are indebted to Dave for his dedication and commitment to excellence. He will continue to touch many lives through his influences on students and colleagues. I would like to send my deepest sympathies to Gina and family at this very sad time.
Posted by Sue Leach on 1/21/2013 5:14:24 PM
It was a great pleasure to have Dave as an Instructor in PT School at LSU, helping to provide the foundation of my PT career of which many patients have benefited. As students, we benefited from the knowledge and practical experience offered by Dave and as a profession, we certainly benefited from his leadership. It was always fun to share a good joke with Dave at the State Meetings. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dave's family.
Posted by Clark LeBlanc on 1/21/2013 6:46:33 PM
I met David when he was the President of the LPTA. He was always very approachable and friendly. We discussed carrier goals and educational goals more than once. We always talked some when I saw him at CSM even we both had from Louisiana. My prayers to him and his family during this time. Florence Thillet-Bice
Posted by Florence Thillet-Bice -> CNUcD on 1/21/2013 11:34:31 PM
Dr Pariser was my teacher and mentor at LSU. He is without a doubt one of the most personable professors I've ever had. In fact, I've modeled my teaching style to reflect on his: calm, personable, helpful, and student -centered. The thing that he always seemed to convey is that he really wants you to learn so that that you will perform. So sad that this happened to such an incredible guy. Gina, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and the girls.
Posted by Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS on 1/25/2013 7:03:53 PM

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