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Kershner Gail Riggs

Kershner Gail Riggs, American restorative medicine educator, administrator. Named Tucson Woman Year, Tucson Chamber of Commerce, 1982; grant, National Institutes of Health, Rehabilitation Services Administration, American Hospital Association.

Background

  • Riggs, Kershner Gail was born on December 24, 1938 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, United States. Daughter of Russell Jesse and Evelyn Jean (Heebner) Kershner.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science cum laude, University Arizona, 1961. Postgraduate, University Arizona, since 1980. Master of Arts, Arizona State University, 1968.

    Career

    • Division merchandising coordinator Kroger Company, Washington, 1961—1962. Assistant district manager Safeway Stores, Inc., 1963—1964. Research associate Lybrand, Ross Brothers, & Montgomery, Los Angeles, 1966.

      Counselor Arizona State Employment Service, Phoenix, 1967—1968. Head accounting department University Arizona Audiovisual Service, Tucson, 1973—1974. Director education Regional Medical Program Arthritis Service, 1974—1977.

      Associate faculty Pima Community College, 1976—1977. Director Disabled Adult Rehabilitation Program, 1977—1978. Associate director Southwest Arthritis Center, University Arizona, 1978—1984, associate director Division Restorative Medicine, since 1984.

      Consultant National Institutes of Health, Washington, since 1980, various medical schools nationally. Chairman advisory board Arthritis Information Clearinghouse, Washington, since 1982. Keynote speaker various professional and lay groups nationally.

    Works

    • Author: Rheumatic Diseases: Rehabilitation and Management, 1984, Special Learning Series: Arthritis, 1984. Contributor articles on medical education to professional journals.

    Membership

    Vice chairman, trustee National Arthritis Foundation, 1979—1984. Board directors Rehabilitation Work Adjustment Center, Tucson, 1978—1980. Chairman board Senior Health Improvement Program, 1979—1980.

    Vice president Arthritis Foundation, 1979—1984. Trustee American Juvenile Arthritis Organization, since 1982. Member of Tucson Rheumatism Society, Arizona Public Health Association, American Public Health Association, Arizona Arthritis Health Professions Association (president 1981-1982), National Arthritis Health Professions Association, Beta Beta Beta, Pi Lambda Theta, Kappa Alpha Theta.

    Connections

    • Married Frank Lew Riggs, June 28, 1960.
    • father: Russell Jesse Kershner
    • mother: Evelyn Jean (Heebner) Kershner
    • spouse: Frank Lew Riggs
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