In Memoriam, Ruth P. Hall

1.4.2015

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of APTAMA member Ruth P. Hall on December 8, 2014 (Click here to view Ruth's obituary).   She was a true friend and inspiration to many whose lives she touched. 

The APTAMA premier student award is named after Ruth.  The award description begins to describe Ruth's contribution, "Ruth P. Hall had dedicated her career to the profession of Physical Therapy. Ms. Hall's educational concerns, devotion to quality patient care, high standards of ethical practice and her genuine love of humanity, has benefited generations of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students throughout the years.

The award is designed to recognize a physical therapy and physical therapist assistant student who demonstrate the professional qualities of dedication and caring which exemplified the physical therapy career of Ruth Hall."  Click here for a list of award winners.

The APTAMA is asking members who would like to share their memories of Ruth or the impact she had on their lives with other members.  Simply submit to aptama@leahymg.com.  We will continue to gather these on the website for all to see.   Former APTAMA Executive Director Ray Siegelman, PT, DPT, MS was kind enough to pen the first of these:

From Ray Siegelman:

In the early 1970s I received an appointment to the physical therapy faculty at Boston University’s Sargent College. I reluctantly accepted it as this was not quite the career path I envisioned for myself at the time.

Part of my responsibilities was to serve as Assistant Clinical Coordinator working with Ruth Hall. Who was this woman? I knew nothing of my role. With patience and perseverance she taught me other aspects of becoming an effective educator. It was not just imparting facts to eager, and sometimes less than eager, students.

Ruthie was caring, likable and calm. She explained that there were subtleties and dimensions in education that bring out the best in the students. Her ingrained empathy and conscientiousness were unbeatable.

As a Clinical Coordinator one has to bridge the clinical and academic worlds. Ruthie was well-connected in both worlds and was practical and resourceful. She had a sense of fairness which helped balance the student, clinic and academic expectations. Ruthie reached out to others and when things weren’t going too well we turned to her to uphold morale.

She was my colleague and friend for many years. I dare say that was true for many of us.

She will always be a part of my substance as a physical therapist.


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