College of Health Sciences

Dr. E. Jane Carlin Award

Dr. E. Jane Carlin's sphere of influence is remarkable. After graduation from Beaver College in 1940, she became an active alumna, a life member of the Board of Trustees and helped to establish the program in physical therapy. Thirty-three of Jane's relatives were students at Beaver College. Dr. Carlin was selected as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania in 1961 for her service to the community. During Jane's career in physical therapy, she treated hundreds of patients including President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She was the first woman to become a Brigadier General in the United States Air Force.

Dr. Carlin was an active professional serving the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) at the local, state and national levels. A long list of appointed and elected positions include Editor of Physical Therapy, President of the Pennsylvania Chapter, and President of the APTA. She was selected as a Mary McMillan Lecturer and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA. The Baethke-Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching given by the APTA was created in 1981 to honor Dr. Carlin's excellence in the classroom.

Jane taught in the physical therapy program in the United States Army and helped to found the program at the University of Pennsylvania in 1947 where she served as a faculty member, Chair of the program, and Assistant Dean of the School of Allied Medical Professions. She taught applied anatomy and biomechanics, published articles, served on numerous committees, and upon retirement was appointed Professor Emeritus. Jane touched many lives as evidenced by the list of donors below who represent her friends, alumni from Beaver College’s physical therapy program and former faculty and students from the University of Pennsylvania.