Legendary Dr. Jacquelin Perry Passes Away


Dr. Jacquelin Perry passed away in her home on Monday, March 11th. She was 94. Although advanced in years, Dr. Perry was an active clinician, researcher, and author almost until the day she died. She is known throughout the world for her work with polio patients and gait disorders. For more details of her storied career we recommend her obituary in the Downey Patriot or a look at the Division's Spring/Summer 2012 issue of inMotion.

Dr. Perry was a special friend to us here at USC Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy. She was a faculty member, mentor, benefactor, and supporter. She was a member of the Division’s Board of Councilors for many years. Our conference room (CHP 147-E) is named in her honor. In 2009, in recognition of her contributions, the Division renamed its state-of-the-art biomechanics laboratory as the Jacquelin Perry Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory. 

Despite her fame, Dr. Perry loved nothing more than seeing patients and teaching students. She was always extraordinarily generous with her time and her expertise. Most of all, she was an inspiration to all of us.

A public celebration of Dr. Perry's life will be held at Cafe Amigos in the Support Services Annex Building on the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center campus on Friday, March 22, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. with a formal ceremony at 1:00 p.m.


James Gordon, EdD, PT, FAPTA 
Professor and Associate Dean
Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry
University of Southern California