Thomas receives Baethke-Carlin Award

Tony Ciuffo

June 13, 2011

Thomas receives Baethke-Carlin Award

CHARLESTON -- The Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) K. Jackson Thomas, PT, Ed.D. has been awarded the prestigious Dorothy E. Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award. The award was established in 1981 and is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to physical therapy education through teaching excellence as exemplified in the careers of Baethke and Carlin.

Thomas is a physical therapist and professor in the College of Health Professions and has been a faculty member since 1988. He received his bachelor's degree in Biology from Hendrix College in 1968, a master’s degree in biology (1972) and his Ed.D. in higher education (1985) from the University of Arkansas. He received a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the University of Central Arkansas in 1987.

Dorothy Baethke was a pioneer in physical therapy. In 1972, after 25 years of exceptional service, Baethke retired as chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Allied Medical Professions.

Eleanor J Carlin was known as a leader in quality physical therapy education. Carlin's professional accomplishments and exceptional contributions to APTA include serving as president of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) from 1956 to 1958.

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