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This year’s inductees include an accomplished chair and associate dean in physical therapy at Texas State University, a retired medical technologist and microbiologist who graduated with honors from UK in 1940, and a distinguished speech-language pathologist.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2004) -- The University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences inducted three graduates into its Hall of Fame today in acknowledgement of their professional success and contributions to the health sciences, profound positive influence on the college, and display of the highest degree of character and integrity. Inclusion in the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Health Sciences. This year’s inductees include an accomplished chair and associate dean in physical therapy at Texas State University, a retired medical technologist and microbiologist who graduated with honors from UK in 1940, and a distinguished speech-language pathologist.
The three alumni who will be inducted into the college's Hall of Fame are:
- Barbara Sanders: Born and raised in Hebron, Ky., Sanders is currently the chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and the associate dean of the College of Health Professions at Texas State University – San Marcos. She is also a consultant in physical therapy education and holds adjunct professorships in the Department of Physical Therapy at both Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Rocky Mountain University in Provo, Utah. She received both her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy in 1972 and a master’s degree in education in 1976 at UK. Sanders earned her doctoral degree in educational administration in 1991 from the University of Texas at Austin. “The combined degree in health professions and education for my master’s provided additional opportunities to learn and practice skills both as a physical therapist and as an educator,” Sanders said. She has been awarded many honors for her commitment to physical therapy, including the St. Michael’s Academy Distinguished Service Award and the Excellence in Service Award from the School of Health Professions at Southwest Texas State University. She also has received several awards from the American Physical Therapy Association, including the Lucy Blair Service Award, the 1996 Ron Peyton Award and the Excellence in Education Award in the Sports Physical Therapy Section, and the Mary McMillan Scholarship. Sanders currently serves the American Physical Therapy Association, the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education, the Texas Physical Therapy Association, and the Texas Physical Therapy Education and Research Foundation. Sanders is a big fan of UK basketball and an active member of the community – volunteering for many church, school and community-related activities.
- Harriet Smith: Smith, the second of the three inductees is a Louisville, Ky., native. She is a retired medical technologist and microbiologist. Smith graduated with honors from UK in 1940 with her Bachelor of Science in medical technology and married fellow student, Julian LaFar Smith, in February 1940. “My dream was to go to medical school, but that was pushed aside since, in those days, the University of Louisville Medical School allowed only 4 percent of its students to be women and certainly not married women,” Smith said. “Instead, Julian earned his master’s degree in agriculture economics while I was employed as a medical technologist at the Good Samaritan Hospital.” A lifelong learner, Smith did continue her education. In 1965 she returned to graduate studies at the University of Toronto. In 1966 she received the gold medal award and graduate certificate, the Diploma in Bacteriology, and in 1968 a Master of Science degree. In 1972 Smith accepted a position as director of certification and continuing education for the Canadian Society of Laboratory Technologists, the national organization in Canada for certifying medical technologists. While there, she initiated distance learning for med techs earning advanced certification. She also was responsible for the production of yearly national basic level examinations and officiated at oral examinations for those seeking advanced certification. Smith has a long history of volunteer participation including leading Girls Scouts and Brownies, working in church and community organizations, and teaching pottery making to psychiatric patients.
- Robin Strode: Born in Lexington, Ky., Strode is a distinguished speech-language pathologist who works with school-aged children with special needs. Her interest is in children who have severe communication disorders, autism, developmental delays, syndromes, childhood apraxia of speech and Down syndrome. “I have practiced for 32 years and still love what I do,” Strode said. She received both her bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing in 1972 and her master’s degree in communication disorders in 1973 from UK where she was a graduate assistant. She has published numerous books for speech-language pathologists, including three best sellers, with her partner, Catherine Chamberlain, another graduate of UK, and has presented workshops all over the country on the topics of childhood apraxia of speech and oral motor facilitation of speech skills. She taught for several years in the Communication Disorders Department at UK where she was also a clinical supervisor. Strode was awarded the Honors of the Association Award and the Clinical Achievement Award from the Kentucky Speech-Language Hearing Association, which are two of the highest awards offered in the profession. She was also the national nominee from Kentucky for the DiCarol Award presented from the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association for outstanding recent clinical achievement to the field of speech-language pathology. Strode serves as a mentor to therapists throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and as a consultant to parents and therapists throughout the country. She has been an active volunteer with Hospice, her church, the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association, and the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
“The College of Health Sciences is extremely pleased to recognize the achievements of graduates like Sanders, Smith and Strode,” said Thomas C. Robinson, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “Each has risen to the top of her field and represents leadership in her profession,” he added.
Past UK College of Health Sciences Hall of Fame recipients include:
- Brian Wise, Athletic Training, ’01, Louisville, Ky.
- Mary Frances Harbour, Clinical Laboratory Science, ’76, Sadieville, Ky.
- Jacqueline Resigner, Clinical Laboratory Science, ’62, Versailles, Ky.
- Theresa Kremer, Clinical Nutrition, ’82, Lexington, Ky.
- Christina Thompson, Clinical Nutrition, ’86, Lexington, Ky.
- Charlann Simon, Communication Disorders, ’69, Tempe, Ariz.
- Sandra Tattershall, Communication Disorders, ’62, Florence, Ky.
- Thomas Kmetz, Health Services Management, ’85, Louisville, Ky.
- Patrick Cafferty, Physician Assistant Studies, ’84, Paducah, Ky.
- James Gould, Physical Therapy, ’75, Deceased – Aug. 29, 1995
- Connie Davis Hauser, Physical Therapy, ’74, Barbourville, Ky.
- Charles Coffey II, Radiation Sciences, ’72, Nashville, Tenn.
Established in 1966, the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences was the first school of its kind in Kentucky and among the first 12 in the United States. Over the past 30 years, nearly 3,000 allied health professionals have been educated at the University of Kentucky.