Early Leaders of the Washington University Program in Physical Therapy

The Washington University School of Medicine’s Program in Physical Therapy benefited greatly from the contributions made by two of its longest serving faculty members, Beatrice F. Schulz and Lorraine F. Lake.

Beatrice F. Schulz
Beatrice F. Schulz

Beatrice F. Schulz was among the first class of seven to graduate from the Barnes Hospital School for Physical Therapy Technicians in September 1942. A former occupational therapist, Schulz was appointed Technical Director of the School in 1943. Schulz remained director when the Barnes School’s certificate program was replaced by Washington University’s baccalaureate Program in Physical Therapy in 1948. Schulz served as director of the program until she retired in June 1977 as associate professor emeritus. The Washington University Program in Physical Therapy annually recognizes a graduate with exceptional clinical skills with the Beatrice Schulz Award. The school’s Physical Therapy Resource Center is named in her honor. In 1975 Schulz was recognized for her contributions to the American Physical Therapy Association with the organization’s Lucy Blair Service Award. Schulz died in May 1999 at the age of 87.

Lorraine F. Lake
Lorraine F. Lake, 1959

Lorraine F. Lake was a member of the last class of 12 students to graduate from the Barnes Hospital School for Physical Therapy in 1948. She then joined the faculty as an assistant in the Washington University Program in Physical Therapy. Lake continued her education, receiving a bachelor’s of science in 1950, a master’s degree in 1954, and a Ph.D. in 1962 from Washington University. Lake held joint appointments in the Program in Physical Therapy and the Department of Anatomy, first as instructor and, beginning in 1958, as assistant professor. She also joined the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health as an assistant professor in 1971. From 1961 until 1979 Lorraine Lake served as the associate director of the Irene Walter Johnson Institute of Rehabilitation. In 1980 Lake retired as assistant professor emeritus. In the mid-1960s Dr. Lake traveled throughout Europe and the United States inspecting Air Force hospitals as the National Civilian Consultant in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy to the Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force. The Washington University Program in Physical Therapy established a scholarship fund in Lake’s name given to a second-year student who exemplifies the highest professional and personal values, promise and performance. Lake died in December 2000, at the age of 82 from complications of a stroke.