Evidence in Motion mourns the loss of Richard E. Erhard, PT, DC, who passed away Sunday, October 3, 2009 after a long battle with cancer. Dr. Erhard was the consummate tripartite clinician, educator, and researcher. He was also a dear mentor, colleague and friend to many of us in the EIM family.
Dr. Erhard was a world-renown manual physical therapist, and he taught and lectured extensively throughout the United States and internationally. His work has been instrumental in identifying subgroups of patients with low back and neck pain who respond to specific interventions such as spinal manipulation and therapeutic exercise. Dr. Erhard’s contributions to the clinical practice of orthopaedic physical therapy in many ways spurred the genesis of Evidence in Motion, which was birthed in Dr. Erhard’s academic “home” at the University of Pittsburgh.
We can say with without hesitation that we are indebted to Dr. Erhard for his extraordinary dedication to our profession and his never ending insightfulness and inquisitiveness in all that he undertook. Dr. Erhard elevated the physical therapy profession through his work, his mentorship, and his friendship.
A viewing will be held Thursday, October 8 from 2-4 PM and 6-9 PM and Friday October 9 at 10:00 AM with funeral to follow at the John S. Maykuth Jr. Funeral Home, 7 River Ave, Masontown, PA 15461-1959. A memorial service will also be held at Heinz Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh on October 16th from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. A reception will follow at the Holiday Inn in Oakland. Please contact Tina Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-383-6579 to RSVP.
Cards and condolences may be sent to Natalie Erhard, PO Box 424, 145 Messick Lane, Lottsburg, VA 22511
To our good friend and mentor…Dick, you will be greatly missed, but your legacy and impact will multiply and live forever.
The EIM Family