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Dale Schuit, PT, MS, PhD recognized for contributions

Tuesday, March 3, 2020   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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Dale Schuit, PT, MS, PhD recognized for contributions

The Babette Sanders Leadership & Service Award honors and recognizes a physical therapist who has demonstrated over time an exceptional level of support and dedication to physical therapy through his support and/or roles in the national and/or state association.

The IPTA Board of Directors voted unanimously to recognize Dale Schuit, PT, PhD, MS with this award, noting that he has been a natural leader in physical therapy and is truly deserving of this recognition.  

In addition to serving in various leadership roles within the IPTA over his 45 years of membership, Dale is known for his research but, notably, for his passion for physical therapy that has inspired so many of our members who sat as students in his classrooms at University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, Rosalind Franklin University, and now Governors State University.

"Dale's legacy of skill, science, and collaborative leadership is and will remain an authentic force within our PT community.” stated Julie Schwertfeger, PT, DPT.

On February 25th, Colleen Flannery and Jen Ryan, PT delivered Dale’s award to him at his home, where he was being cared for by his wife and family while in hospice. In her remarks while presenting the award, Colleen told Dale, “You have helped to not only shape physical therapy with your research, you have contributed to so many of our members being excellent physical therapists and leaders today…you and your family should be so proud.”

Both Colleen and Jen are grateful to Dale's family for sharing him with the PT profession one last time.  "Dale was such a gift to us all-funny, smart, kind, able to explain complex truths simply and an overall great guy." - Jen Ryan, PT, DPT, MS.

Dale Schuit, PT, PhD, MS passed away at home with his family on February 26, 2020.

“He will be profoundly missed but his impact will continue to be felt by all of those who had the privilege of learning from, teaching with and being treated by Dale.“ says Mary Jones, PT, MPT.

The comments section at the bottom of the page is open to anyone who would like to share their memories of Dale.



Jennifer L. Reft PT DPT MS says...
Posted Wednesday, March 11, 2020
So sorry to here, he was a great guy and contributed significantly to our Morton College PTA program. He will be missed.
Vincent D. Gutierrez PT DPT says...
Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Dale was an all around class act. He was able to converse on so many different aspects of the profession. I would hunt him down anytime that I returned to GSU because I knew that I would learn something new. I am grateful that Sharon allowed me into the home to pay my respects before his passing, as it is important to tell mentors thanks before it is too late. Dale was an asset to this profession and we should all strive to make even a fraction of the impact he has made on the profession. You will be missed my friend.

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