In Memory of Patty Rigby
It is with a heavy heart that I share sad news of the passing of Dr. Patty Rigby, a cherished RSI faculty member.
Dr. Rigby was one of the most caring, gracious and sincere individuals I have ever known. This sentiment has been shared broadly. She took a genuine interest in fellow faculty and was a dedicated mentor to her students. Her ever present warmth and unfailing smile will be missed.
Apart from these personal attributes, she was passionate about research excellence and the advancement of rehabilitation science. She made seminal contributions to pediatric occupational therapy. Although she retired from the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy as Associate Professor Emerita, she kept an appointment in RSI to continue mentoring the next generation of scientists. She and her husband also founded The Patty Rigby and John Wedge Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology and as such was one of RSI’s most generous donors.
Angela Colantonio, PhD, OT. Reg. (Ont.) FACRM, FCAHS
Director and Professor, RSI
CIHR Research Chair in Gender Work and Health
University of Toronto
Senior Scientist and Team leader,
Acquired Brain Injury & Society Team,
Toronto Rehabilitation InstituteUniversity Health Network
Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy