Range Rider, Fall 1999 Page: Front Inside
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A TRIBUTE TO
Dr. William R. Gould
THE HSU FAMILY GRIEVES THE LOSS OF A GOOD FRIEND, RESPECTED COLLEAGUE,
AND DEDICATED EDUCATOR.
Dr. William R. Gould, head of the Department of Physical Therapy HSU, died July 21,1999, in a Dallas hospital following unex-
pected complications from vascular surgery Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church of Abilene, conducted by Dr. Phil
Christopher, pastor. Assisting was Dr. Vernon Davis, dean of the Logsdon School of Theology.
Dr. Lanny Hall, president, said, "We are deeply saddened at the loss of Dr. Bill Gould. We brought him to Abilene in 1994 and
handed him our dreams for a graduate program in Physical Therapy. In a very short time he built a well-respected program which
lives on to meet the needs of others. He was an extremely capable administrator, a gifted teacher and a wonderful Christian gentle-
man for whom we all had the utmost respect
Dr. Gould was instrumental in creating an innovative curriculum and establishing collaborative efforts, both of which enabled the
program to receive national attention in the physical therapy community. He also led in the renovation of the Mabee Physical Therapy
Building that now houses the program.
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) awarded accreditation to the HSU program in October
of 1997. The first class of 12 students received masters degrees in physical therapy in 1997. Through his leadership, the program has
grown to accommodate 24 new students annually (a total of 48 students at any given time). This outstanding program has gained
such recognition that enrollment services maintains a waiting list of students seeking entrance. This is the only master's physical
therapy program accredited in Texas private higher education.
Dr. Gould was a native of Hawkinsville, GA. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy and a doctorate in medical
science from the University of Florida. Colleagues held Dr. Gould in high esteem for his abilities, his dedication to excellence and his
deep commitment to serve others. Among Goulds survivors are his widow, Sharon; a son, David; and a daughter, Susan.
The HSU family, including faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, alumni, and Dr. Goulds devoted students, recognize the out-
standing legacy established at Hardin-Simmons University by this excellent Christian educator. We extend our deepest sympathy to
his family and will remain thankful for the life of this fine man.
At the request of the Gould family, Hardin-Simmons has established a scholarship honoring Dr. Gould. The family has requested
those wishing to make memorial gifts to direct their gifts to the Dr. William R. Gould Memorial Scholarship. HSU, Box 16100,
Abilene, TX 79698.
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