Otto Payton, PT, PHD, FAPTA
We have much to remember about Otto Payton, PT, PhD, FAPTA, who served as editor of the Journal of Physical
Therapy Education (JOPTE) from 1988 to 1996. In these formative years for JOPTE, Otto’s gentle and wise
leadership never failed to make a noticeable difference.
He made a host of other contributions to our profession, including chairing the Department of Physical Therapy
at Virginia Commonwealth University, serving as chair of the Editorial Board of Clinics in Physical Therapy for
33 volumes, and serving as the chair of the PT Fund. He was honored for his contributions to physical therapy
with the Golden Pen Award, the Lucy Blair Service Award, and by being named a Worthingham Fellow.
He is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work, Research: the Validation of Clinical Practice. This,
coupled with his early work in post-professional graduate education, places Dr Payton in the vanguard in
moving our profession toward the research base it enjoys today. We, and all future generations of physical
therapists, owe him immense gratitude for a debt we can never repay.
We thank Dan Riddle, PT, PhD, FAPTA, the Otto D. Payton Professor, and Mary Shall, PT, PhD, department
chair, both of the Department of Physical Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University, for sharing thoughts
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