The Department of Physical Therapy mourns the passing of Marylou Barnes, retired chair of physical therapy and professor.
Barnes joined the Georgia State University faculty in 1979 as professor and chair. By the time she ended her chair position in 1986, the department had grown in prestige and produced graduates with a 100 percent pass rate on the licensure examination. She retired as a professor emerita in 1995.
Prior to her years at Georgia State, Barnes founded and chaired the School of Physical Therapy at West Virginia University in 1968. She was named chair of the Athletic Council at WVU, the first woman to become chair of a division I university athletic council.
An active member of Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG), Barnes was a leader in the physical therapy profession. She served the Neurology Section and the Section on Education within PTAG. Barnes was an author of some of the early PT text produced by physical therapists. She also served on a number of program reviews Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
Barnes received numerous awards for her work in physical therapy education, including the Barbara White Award from the University of Florida and the Catherine Worthington Fellowship from the American Physical Therapy Association. In 1993, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. Barnes earned her Ed.D. from West Virginia University.