April 2018

Lynda Woodruff, Leader in physical therapy education

Lynda Woodruff, PT, PhD, a visiting professor at Alabama State University (ASU), where she initiated the transitional doctor of physical therapy program, died at age 70 years on March 20. She was a lifetime American Physical Therapy Association member. Woodruff continued as a consultant with ASU until her death. In 2012, ASU established the Baines-Woodruff Endowed Lectureship on Health Disparities to honor Woodruff and Ruth E. Baines, PT, PhD, former assistant chancellor of health sciences for the State University of New York Central Administration.

Woodruff was the founding director and professor in the department of physical therapy at North Georgia College, having retired in 2005. She received her master’s degree in physical therapy in 1971 from Case Western Reserve University and in 1974, she was the first African American to join the faculty of the Division of Physical Therapy at the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1978 she joined the faculty in Georgia State University’s Department of Physical Therapy, and in 1984 Georgia State awarded her a PhD.

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