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Robert and Susan Deusinger Receive Foundation Service Awards

Foundation Board of Trustees Chair William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT,
Robert Deusinger and Susan Deusinger.and Charles M. Magistro, PT, FAPTA.

Boston, MA, June 17, 2010—Robert Deusinger, PT, PhD, and Susan Deusinger, PT, PhD, FAPTA, were each awarded the 2010 Charles M. Magistro Award from the Foundation for Physical Therapy. The Foundation presented the awards at its annual gala, “Putting on the Ritz,” at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, MA.

“Bob and Susie are not only acknowledged for their enthusiastic support of the Foundation; they’ve also set examples as dedicated researchers in the profession,” said Foundation Board of Trustees Chair William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT.

The award is named for Charles M. Magistro, PT, FAPTA, who served as the first chairman of the Foundation in 1979 and is an Emeritus Member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The award is presented annually to individuals for outstanding service and steadfast commitment toward promoting the Foundation’s goals.

Magistro, joined by Boissonnault, presented the awards to Robert Deusinger and Susan Deusinger.

The Deusingers generously donated $100,000 and established the Deusinger Family Endowment Fund through the Foundation’s Major Gifts Campaign, Destination: Research Excellence.  They have also supported the Foundation by volunteering their time to raise funds and encouraging their students to participate in the annual Marquette Challenge.

Robert served as a Board of Trustees member during the Foundation’s early years, contributing to the growth of the Foundation and helping the organization become a leader in supporting physical therapy research.

Robert and Susan are both professors at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis. Robert is also the director of the Human Biodynamics Laboratory (HBL) within the Program in Physical Therapy. Susan is the director of the Program of Physical Therapy. She and Robert also developed an exercise intervention to help adults manage physical activity and exercise needs associated with obesity. Susan continues to direct the program in collaboration with several other faculty colleagues at Washington University.

The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of physical therapy care by providing support for scientifically-based and clinically-relevant physical therapy research and doctoral scholarships and fellowships.

Contributions to the Foundation for Physical Therapy are tax-deductible and can be made online at www.FoundationforPhysicalTherapy.org or sent to its headquarters in Alexandria, VA. The mailing address is 1111 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA, 22314. For more information, e-mail
foundation@apta.org or call 800/875-1378.
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