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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.


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.


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.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: tennis, hunting, fishing, bocce ball.


Married Lorraine Alice Johnson, August 3, 1957. Children: Vicki, Bruce, Valerie, Bradley, Desiree.