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Henry Clair Wessman

Henry Clair Wessman, American physical therapist, state agency administrator. Bar: North Dakota; certified physical therapist, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota; licensed nursing home administrator, Minnesota, North Dakota.


  • Wessman, Henry Clair was born on September 17, 1937 in St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States. Son of Henry Claus and Jessie Margaret (Lindberg) Wessman.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science with distinction, University Minnesota, 1959. Master of Science in Physical Therapy/Psychology, University Minnesota, 1965. Juris Doctor, University North Dakota, 1989.


    • Chief physical therapy St. Francis Hospital, Crookston, Minnesota, 1959-1962. Instructor physical therapy University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1965-1967. Chief clinical physical therapy Northwood (North Dakota) Deaconess Hospital and Home, 1971-1989.

      Professor division continuing education University North Dakota, Grand Forks, 1985-1992. Professor, chairman physical therapy University North Dakota School Medicine, 1967-1993. Executive director Department Human Services, State of North Dakota, Bismarck, 1993-1997.

      Member Provider Reimbursement Review Board Department Department of Health and Human Services, HCFA, since 1997. Adjunct professor health law University North Dakota, Grand Forks, 1990-1992. Adjunct professor health law/policy University of Mary, Bismarckd, 1993-1997.

      Fellow health law institute Cleveland Marshall Law School/Cleveland clinic, 1990. Expert witness Technology Assistance Service for Attorneys, Phoenix, 1989-1992. Corporation board directors United Hospital, Grand Forks, 1982-1992.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: North Dakota; certified physical therapist, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. Licensed nursing home administrator, Minnesota, North Dakota.


    • Contributor numerous articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: Republican



    Mayor, City of Grand Forks, 1980-1988, member City Council, 1974-1980. Member House of Representatives, North Dakota State Legislature, Bismarck, 1978-1980. Member American Bar Association, American Physical Therapy Association (accreditation team leader), American Public Welfare Association (director 1993-1997), American College Healthcare Administration.



    Tennis, hunting, fishing, bocce ball.


    • Married Lorraine Alice Johnson, August 3, 1957. Children: Vicki, Bruce, Valerie, Bradley, Desiree.
    • father: Henry Claus Wessman
    • mother: Jessie Margaret (Lindberg) Wessman
    • spouse: Lorraine Alice Johnson
    • children: Vicki Wessman
    • Bruce Wessman
    • Valerie Wessman
    • Bradley Wessman
    • Desiree Wessman
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    Born September 17, 1937