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Dr. Otto D. Payton, age 84, of Atlanta, Georgia passed away Thursday, September 4, 2014. Professor Emeritus of Physical Therapy, Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Payton served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Korea, 1950 – 52. He was a graduate of the Universities of Kansas, Indiana and Maryland. He edited The Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 1988 – 96; was Chairman of the Editorial Board, Clinics In Physical Therapy, throughout its publication history of 33 volumes; an international lecturer and author of the groundbreaking Research in Clinical Practice (1978), Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association and practicing physical therapist for more than 50 years. He is survived by his daughter, poet, journalist and college English instructor Colleen M. Payton, and granddaughters Jane Yoon and Meredyth Yoon, J.D. Emory University, and Public Defender, Brunswick, Georgia. A memorial mass of resurrection will be celebrated 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia www.stedchurch.com. The family will receive friends for the visitation from 12 noon until time of service at the church. The family will have the ashes inurned 2:00 P.M. on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, Virginia. Messages of condolence may be made or viewed at www.GeorgiaCremation.com. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Francis Adult Home, 2511 Wise ST, Richmond, VA 23225 or Halcyon Hospice, 5411 Northland AVE, NE, Atlanta, GA 30342 www.excellenceinhospice.com.
Mary Shall says
We are sorry to hear of Otto’s passing. He was such an important man to the Physical Therapy program and to many individuals. I want to attend the services.
Beth Bampton says
I was saddened to hear of the passing of “Uncle Otto.” He was such a positive influence on my children and my family. What a wonderful man of God. I feel honored to have had him in our lives.
Evangeline Yoder says
Sincere condolences to the family. Otto was such a fine person, and he was a great mentor to me, as well as many others, in the study and practice of physical therapy. We will miss him.
Bob and Carol Bailey says
We were honored to know Otto for more than two decades. In the last several years, we spent many Fridays having lunch with him and were always struck by his sincerity and kindness. We are deeply saddened by his passing and will miss him.