Elizabeth Davies, 1934
B.A., Denison University
M.S., University of Southern California
Certificate, Physical Therapy, Cleveland Clinic
Citation awarded on Saturday, June 8, 1974
One of the first officers to be commissioned in the women’s medical specialist corps, forerunner of the present Army Medical Specialist Corps, retired Lt. Col. Elizabeth Davies served 21 years in the Army. She was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Army’s second highest non-combat award, for her achievements which read in part: “through her professional ability, technical knowledge and steadfast devotion to duty, coupled with her wholehearted cooperation and profound concern for the welfare of her fellow man, she contributed in a great measure to the successful accomplishment of the Army’s medical mission and earned the high regard of all associated with her.” In addition, she has received the Army Commendation Ribbon for her work with the 279th General Hospital during the Korean War.
Following her assignment in Japan, Lt. Col. Davies was chief of physical therapy at Brooke General Hospital and later was named director of the Army’s Medical Field Service School. After two years she was assigned to the Surgeon General’s office in Washington as assistant chief of the Army Medical Specialist Corps and chief of the physical therapist section of the Corps.
In 1967, she was named to her present position as editor of Physical Therapy, the journal of the American Association of Physical Therapists (AAPT) that services both the educators as well as practitioners in the field. She has also served as a national officer of AAPT and is nationally recognized today as an excellent physical therapist and for her outstanding contributions to the profession.