January 26, 2016 |
SIRAJ SHARMA, 87, of Plymouth Meeting, a native of Hyderabad, India, whose influence in the field of occupational therapy was felt here and abroad, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, of interstitial lung disease at home. A pioneer in her field, Mrs. Sharma was a member of one of the first graduating classes of occupational therapy students in South Asia and was the first Indian student to receive a Colombo Plan Scholarship to study at the London School of Occupational Therapy in 1952. She continued to blaze trails after her graduation as the liaison between the Occupational Therapy School in Bombay (now Mumbai)
July 18, 2006 |
Deborah Rubin Labovitz, 63, an author and professor of occupational therapy at New York University, died of brain cancer Friday at her home in Elkins Park, where she lived since 2004. Dr. Labovitz wrote Ordinary Miracles: True Stories About Overcoming Obstacles and Surviving Catastrophes, a collection of essays about occupational therapists working with accident victims, the disabled, the sick and elderly. The book was published by Slack Inc.'s professional book division in 2003.
June 12, 2016
On April 23, Baker Industries held its 35th annual gala at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford. Baker Industries is a nonprofit work rehabilitation program for adults who are on parole, in recovery, homeless, or who have been diagnosed with a disability. About 180 supporters turned out, raising $99,000 while enjoying an evening of fine food, a silent auction, and the presentation of the Steps to Independence Award to Thomas Jefferson University's Department of Occupational Therapy. Proceeds will be used to support Baker's rehabilitation programs.
June 20, 2016 |
THE CAVANAUGHS have raised their son twice. They taught him to speak, twice. They taught him to walk, twice. Jack Sr. even taught Jack Jr. to ride a bicycle, twice. Jack Cavanaugh Jr. was 21 in August 2013 when he fell 12 feet from an indoor balcony at his parents' cabin in the Poconos. The fall caused a traumatic brain injury that left him comatose for a month. When he awoke, he couldn't walk, communicate, or swallow. His body was a strange machine he couldn't control. Cavanaugh had played soccer and run track at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County.
February 12, 1997 |
Erin Cann of Bordentown, The Inquirer's South Jersey girls' soccer player of the year, has signed a letter of intent with East Carolina. Cann, a four-year starting midfielder, said she will receive a partial soccer scholarship. She made her decision late last week. Cann chose East Carolina over the College of New Jersey. "East Carolina has an excellent academic reputation and also offers my major, occupational therapy," Cann said. "I had a good visit three weeks ago and thought I would fit in well.
April 30, 2000 |
What does it feel like to be 100 years old? "Just like it does to be 99," said a smiling Grace Monteith, her hands folded firmly across the pocketbook in her lap. "I don't feel any older, unless I'm trying to get in and out of a car. " Monteith, who will celebrate her 101st birthday in July, was the guest of honor yesterday at the National Park Service's annual gathering of volunteers, held at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church on Columbus Boulevard. She has devoted as many as 2,000 hours of volunteer service to the Deshler Morris House in Germantown and may be the country's oldest volunteer, said Stephen Sitarski, VIP coordinator for the Park Service.
May 13, 1989 |
Mary Lame, 80, an occupational therapist-turned-volunteer who taught children to read and to know nature during three decades of community work, died Wednesday at the Waverly Heights retirement center in Gladwyne, where she had lived for three years. She was previously a lifelong resident of Germantown and Chestnut Hill. A 1927 graduate of Springside School in Chestnut Hill, Mrs. Lame had gone on to attend Smith College, but after two years her education was cut short by the Depression.
February 5, 2013
THE TWO GROUPS could hardly have been more different. One group included graduate students from the Jefferson University Hospital School of Health Professions, working on their master's degrees in occupational therapy - educated, optimistic, confident of the future. The other group included employees of Baker Industries, a nonprofit that helps its participants transition from down-and-out to up-and-coming. Many Bakerites lack life skills and confidence. The 10 Jeff students have excellence stamped on their resumes.
February 1, 2013 |
She had him at do-si-do. The end of World War II set off a square-dancing craze, and Elizabeth Moses, an occupational therapy student of Quaker stock, kicked up her heels, twirled her pettiskirts, and joined in. At a hoedown in Philadelphia, she circled left and circled right into the path of her future husband. She and lawyer Charles Thomas later settled on a 13-acre Deptford farm and turned it into a square-dance Xanadu. Hoedown Hall opened in the early 1950s, first in the Thomases' barn and then in an outbuilding with a floor reinforced to take a pounding from 150 or more feet on Saturday nights.