Patricia (Patti) Leahy, MS, PT, NCS, died on October 9, 1995, of breast cancer at the age of 39. She was an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia from 1987 to 1995. Her areas of specialization were in teaching rehabilitation and neuroscience.
Professor Leahy was an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Neurology Section. She was largely responsible for transforming the Neurology Report from a section newsletter in to a recognized journal. Patti was one of the first three physical therapists to receive specialist certification in neurology and was a member of the Neurologic Specialty Council.
Before her death, Patti established a scholarship fund to financially assist PT students during clinical education. She felt that it was important to enable students to expand their horizons by seeking clinical sites outside of the Philadelphia area. The annual Patricia Leahy Memorial Lecture serves to add monies to this fund and to honor the memory of Professor Leahy. The evening will consist of two things that Patti enjoyed—learning and a social event!