A career of change

Dr. Margaret Moore ('42)

Every year since 1989, the National Association of Physical Therapists selects the top educator in the field of physical therapy.  To this individual, NAPT presents the Margaret L. Moore Award, named in honor of a JMU alumna and a new addition to JMU’s Be the Change website.  According to the association’s website, Dr. Moore, retired director of the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “fostered the development and potential of many faculty members. Dr. Moore mentored young faculty and taught them the true meaning of becoming a ‘member of the academy’ and a productive member of the physical therapy profession…. Dr. Moore made sustained and exceptional contributions to APTA, serving early in her career as an Educational Consultant on APTA’s staff. She was elected First Vice President (Speaker of the House) and Secretary of APTA. Dr. Moore was a driving force behind promoting and fostering legislative contacts and involvement for physical therapy, and her grant-supported study of clinical education improved the quality of education in physical therapy.”

Margaret Moore was a pioneer, not only as a professional woman but as a physical therapist.  Over the course of a long and stellar career — one that paralleled critical changes in the practice of physical therapy — she helped change her profession.  According to one history of physical therapy: “The role of the physical therapist progressed increasingly in the 1950s from that of a technician to a professional practitioner.”  Moore was indeed a driving force. But perhaps equally important, Dr. Moore encouraged, educated and paved the way for hundreds of other professional physical therapists.

To read more about Margaret Moore, go to her profile: http://www.jmu.edu/bethechange/people/mooreMargaret.shtml

And our thanks go to another exceptional lady and Be the Change Madisonian, Emily Lewis Lee (’43) who nominated her friend Margaret Moore.


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