On September 7, the CU Physical Therapy Program celebrated its 70th anniversary. More than 400 people gathered at the Denver Art Museum for an evening dedicated to the hard work of faculty, students, staff, alumni and community supporters. Among the crowd, three honorees were celebrated for their outstanding contributions to the Physical Therapy (PT) Program.
Patrick Grant, JD, MBA, chairman of the National Western Stock Show was recognized for his long-time support of the program. He received care from faculty in the Physical Therapy Program, allowing him to continue enjoying the activities he loved. Out of his appreciation for the care he received, he initiated the first PT scholarship fund, which provides annual support for several students pursuing their education in physical therapy. Mr. Grant also became the founding chairman of the Scholarship and Endowment Advisory Board, charged with facilitating community support.
In recognition of his support during his tenure as dean of the CU School of Medicine, Richard Krugman, MD, was honored. He assisted the PT Program leadership throughout his 20+ years in the School of Medicine. Dr. Krugman was instrumental in transitioning the master’s program to a doctorate in physical therapy degree, expanding research efforts, and creating the Scholarship and Endowment Advisory Board. He also established the Krugman Award, which is given to a physical therapy student annually in recognition of leadership and service to the community.
Joanne Posner-Mayer, PT (’73), was also recognized for her tremendous support of the students and faculty in the PT Program. She has been active with the program since her time at CU as a student. Since its inception, Ms. Posner-Mayer has been a member of the Scholarship and Endowment Advisory Board and personally provides an annual scholarship to a student committed to dance. She also created the program’s first major endowment to enhance diversity among the PT student body.
Showcasing the importance of scholarships, student Kevin Morris, said, “Scholarship support represents opportunity. Your generosity has helped my dream of becoming a doctor of physical therapy a reality.”