SPTS Loses a Legend.
Gertrude "Trudy" Lamb Passes Away at Age 92.
Gertrude M. Lamb, 92, died peacefully at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA on Thursday, August 6, 2015. Known throughout her life as Trudy, she was born in Somerville, MA on April 26, 1923, the daughter of Benjamin and Gertrude (Andrew) MacArthur.
Trudy lived a long and productive life and was an inspiration to many in the community, academia and in the physical therapy field. A native of Sudbury, MA, Trudy was a physical therapist and served as a clinician, researcher, teacher, and mentor in a career that spanned six decades.
She received a diploma from the Bouvé-Boston School of Physical Education and her Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University. She served in the U.S Navy during World War II as a WAVE officer in the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps, and was a supervisor of physical therapy at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital, as well as an instructor for Corpsmen and Corpswaves. It was at Great Lakes where she met Frank Lamb, a Marine officer, who was healing from wounds sustained in the South Pacific. They were married on Oct. 12, 1945. She was married for fifty-one years to Frank, who died on August 27, 1997.
Trudy continued her career after the war, developing techniques for passive resistance exercise and adapting these techniques to treat various orthopedic conditions. She also served as a physical therapy supervisor for the Massachusetts Department of Health crippled children's services. She took time to raise her family but returned to the work force as the director of physical therapy at Silver Hill Foundation in New Canaan, CT. She then followed her life-long love of teaching and education by serving as clinical coordinator of physical therapy at both Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT and Springfield College in Springfield, MA.
She was the only emeritus faculty member at Springfield College, and in honor of her contributions, the college created an award in her name to recognize the outstanding contributions of faculty members to the profession of physical therapy.
Trudy was a founding member and lifetime member of the Sports Physical Therapy Section. She received the Ronald G. Peyton Award for her dedicated service to the Sports Section in 1991. She was also a lifetime member of the APTA and the Orthopaedic Section.
Following the example of her grandfather, Trudy gave many years of service to the YMCA. She served the Westport, CT YMCA at the board level, becoming the first woman in the country to be president of a YMCA.
Trudy is survived by her two children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Her obituary may be found here >