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Gerald S. O'Morrow - Author

The late Dr. Gerald S. O’Morrow (July 18, 1929-November 9, 2002) was an international leader-teacher, and writer in therapeutic recreation who enjoyed helping people with either mental or physical disabilities. For over 40 years, he served as a therapist, administrator, and consultant within health care facilities and as an administrator and educator in academic settings. As an early leader, he edited one of the first textbooks, Administration of Activity Therapy Service (1966). Dr. O’Morrow’s scholarly activity in research and in books and journal article publications had a profound impact on the philosophy, theory, and standards of therapeutic recreation practice. In 1976 he published Therapeutic Recreation: A Helping Profession, one of the first texts to identify the role and scope of therapeutic recreation.

His professional service included frequent conference presentations and service as president of the National Therapeutic Recreation Society on two occasions. Dr. O’Morrow was a visiting lecturer at colleges and universities in the United States and worldwide in China, Japan, New Zealand, and Spain. He served for many years as a consultant to public and private agencies including the World Health Organization. During his career, he received numerous award and citations for his exemplary service including two of the highest honors given in the profession—the NRPA Distinguished Professional Service Award. He was recognized by PALAESTRA for his significant contributions to therapeutic recreation throughout his career. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and fanatic about Notre Dame football, he earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation therapy from Sacramento State College, his master’s degree in hospital recreation from the University of Minnesota, and his doctorate in therapeutic recreation from Columbia University.

 

Effective Management in Therapeutic Recreation Service 4th ed.

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Effective Management in Therapeutic Recreation Service 3rd ed.

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