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Professor Delivers Keynote Memorial Address at EATA Symposium

Dr. Paula Sammarone Turocy, associate professor of athletic training and director of the Pre-Medical and Health Professions Programs at Duquesne University, was given the honor of delivering the keynote William E. "Pinky" Newell Memorial Address on Jan. 10 at the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association's (EATA) Annual Symposium. 

The EATA bestows the honor each year on an individual that has impacted the athletic training profession nationally and regionally, and also has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to athletic training, continued learning, professional growth and a balanced life style-attributes the association said were demonstrated by Newell, who is considered the father of modern athletic training.

Described by the EATA as "a visionary in her own right," Turocy served for 21 years as the founding chair of the Department of Athletic Training at Duquesne University's John G. Rangos School of Health Sciences. From 2004-2009, she was the University's inaugural Anna L. Rangos Rizakus Endowed Chair in Health Sciences and Ethics. Turocy was one of just six individuals inducted into the National Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in 2014, and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Hall of Fame in 2008. In addition, she was the first president of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. 

Turocy is a resident of Bethel Park, Pa.

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