The Lewis College is pleased to announce the creation of the Marylou R. Barnes Endowed Faculty Award. The late Marylou Barnes, physical therapy professor emerita, began a non-endowed fund in her name in 1997. Barnes was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and a leader in physical therapy education. She was also named the Mary McMillan Lecturer in 1992, which is the highest award given by the APTA.
Upon Barnes’ passing, her long-time partner Carolyn Crutchfield, also a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA, made a final donation to the fund to extend it to endowment status.
The fund provides faculty development awards to physical therapy faculty who show potential for leadership in teaching, service, and scholarship.
The physical therapy department boasts a 98.5% two-year average pass rate and a 100% pass rate in 2019 on the National Physical Therapy Examination and is ranked as one of the top 75 schools by the US News and World Reports. These achievements are made possible by the outstanding faculty members that the Barnes Endowed Fund seeks to recognize.
The legacy of Marylou Barnes in PT education excellence will carry on through this award for deserving physical therapy faculty.