Evelyn Mackin Henry Tribute

ASHT Tribute Video to the late Evelyn Mackin Henry, PT –
Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy Pioneer and ASHT Co-Founder

This video was presented during the 2020 ASHT Virtual Annual Conference. Following are opening remarks by William Walsh, MBA, MHA, OTR/L, CHT, FAOTA.

Good evening. My name is Bill Walsh and I am your 2004 ASHT past president. At the invitation of the board of directors, it is my esteem privilege and profound honor to introduce the ASHT tribute to Evelyn Mackin Henry, who passed away on February 19, 2020 at the age of 97.

Evelyn was a pioneer in the formation of hand and upper extremity therapy, one of the six original founding members of ASHT, and past president. Most importantly, she dedicated her life to the creation of our specialty and its authentication as the first editor of the Journal of Hand Therapy.

Our acknowledgement tonight of this exceptional leader is a worldwide collaboration by numerous friends, colleagues and admirers of the global impact of the fourth ASHT president. It is with deep respect and sincere gratitude that ASHT honors Evelyn’s memory and her insurmountable contributions to our profession.

Her presence was international, her contributions historic, her dedication unquestionable and her lifelong friendships cherished. We will miss her smile and guiding touch, but forever will appreciate her indelible fingerprint on our lives and our profession. It is our hope that this tribute will help you to appreciate and acknowledge the remarkable life and contributions of Evelyn Mackin Henry.

I hope you are inspired by this video and by the passion and drive of Evelyn’s commitment to hand and upper extremity therapy. It was truly a challenge to encapsulate all of Evelyn’s contributions and accomplishments in just seven minutes. Thank you to the many individuals who helped create ASHT’s tribute to her legacy.

This Sunday would have been Evelyn’s 98th birthday. In her memory, on that day, please do as she would have done. Raise a glass of red wine and toast our dear friend, colleague and hand therapy pioneer, Evelyn Mackin Henry. Here’s to you Ev. Indeed, you had a good run!