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Marty Clendenin receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Jul 9, 2015

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was given at the MCV Alumni reunion to Marty Clendenin, class of 1965 for the lifetime of contributions that she has made to Physical Therapy education. 

Fifty years ago, Martha Clendenin graduated from MCV with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. She practiced clinically for a couple of years at the Duke Medical Center before returning to our campus to earn a Master of Science in Physical Therapy under the guidance of Dr. Alfred Szumski.  She continued her education in the Department of Anatomy to earn her PhD in 1972 under the supervision of Dr. Juan Astruc and Dr. Szumski to study the proprioceptive influences on inferior olivary cells.

Dr. Clendenin began teaching anatomy, neuroanatomy, and histology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School and then moved to the University of Florida to teach in the Physical Therapy program with a joint appointment in Anatomy.  Dr. Clendenin founded the University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy, in Tampa in 1998.  She was able to garner several training grants over the course of her career from the U.S. Department of Special Education and U.S. Department of Education. 

Dr. Clendenin was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Florida Board of Physical Therapy Practice in 2000; then elected chairwoman of the Board in 2002.  She was an active member of several professional organizations, particularly the American Physical Therapy Association (the APTA), leading important committees and taskforces in Florida and in the APTA Section for Education. She served in the APTA House of Delegates for 13 years, appearing stop only to retire.  She was a member of the Quality Review Committee of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

She was joined at the reunion by 10 of her classmates from the class of 1965.