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 Ruby Decker Award

HISTORY

In 1962, an outstanding physical therapist, Ruby Decker, was honored by an anonymous donor who wished to perpetuate the recognition of outstanding physical therapists in Texas.  To assure this, "The Ruby Decker Award” was established.  Ruby Decker was named, by the donor, as the original awardee. The donor was aware that many physical therapists are in positions which gain for them public and professional recognition.  On the other hand, there are many physical therapists whose job responsibility of direct patient service prevents such recognition.  The donor realized that a number of these people are making contributions to both their profession and community, and should be given recognition for their good works.

Thus, the express wish of the donor is that the Ruby Decker Award be presented to someone whose primary responsibility is in the area of direct patient service and who contributes to the growth of the profession and community.

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

1.  A physical therapist who:

a.  is a current member of the TPTA.

  b.  has practiced in the state of Texas for at least two years immediately prior to
       the nomination.

c.  actively participates in and contributes to the professional organization (APTA
     and TPTA) and community activities.

d. demonstrates personal and professional growth through service to patients
    and the profession.

2.  Members of the Ad hoc Awards Task Force of the TPTA are not eligible for the award during their period of service. 

 

NOMINATION PROCEDURE

  1. Any person may submit nominations.
  2. Nominations are made by completing an electronic nomination form and submission of letter of nomination. 

 

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

1962 – Ruby Decker (deceased) 1988 – Patricia Shields
1963 – Mary Callaghan (deceased) 1989 – Barb Melzer
1964 – Ruth Wood 1990 – Mary Daulong
1965 – Elizabeth Barkley (deceased) 1991 – Stephen Campbell
1966 – Dorn Long 1992 – Wayne Sawyer
1967 - No Award Given 1993 – Davis Gordon
1968 – Bettye Rice 1994 – Karen Pevoto
1969 – Hebert Sauer, Jr. 1995 – Jean Rosenstein
1970 – Joy Davenport (deceased) 1996 – Cynthia Fisher
1971 – James Thompson 1997 – Tom Waugh
1972 – Bob Poynor 1998 – no award given
1973 – Dorothea Everett 1999 – Miriam Partridge (posthumous)
1974 – Rex Nutt 2000 – Danica Sims
1975 – James Spano 2001 – Bonnie Whittington
1976 – Mary Romaine 2002 – Steven Stratton
1977 – JD Wendeborn 2003 – Patti L. Schwartz
1978 – Joan Firra 2004 – Vivian "Bea” Ellis
1979 – Nathan Pepper 2005 – Major John Childs
1980 – Jeanette Winfree 2006 – Carol McFarland
1981 – Blanche Carpenter 2007 – David Lott
1982 – John C. Polk 2008 – Mary Lou Garrett
1983 – Madeleine Baker 2009 -- Diane M. Merwarth
1984 – James Dalton 2010 – James Villers
1985 – Joe Kleinkort 2011 – Gwendolyn Housman
1986 – Sarah Jane Watson 2012 – Donna Carver
1987 – Jo Ann Tomberlin

2013 - Kirsten Harper

  2014 - Kevin McHorse 
   2015 - Kathleen A. Roth

 

 

 

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