CHARLOTTE-Charlotte-Shelburne Rotary welcomed Sam Feitelberg of Shelburne as a new member at a recent meeting of the club. Ric Flood officiated at the ceremony and Linda Gilbert and Colleen Haag were his Rotary sponsors.
Feitelberg is well-known in Shelburne because of his generous and energetic work with Rotary's Hands to Honduras program, recruiting physio-therapists, raising funds for the P.T. Center in Tela, training people to work there and leading the therapy team. Sam graduated from Cornell and Columbia and taught at Columbia Presbyterian.
He established schools for physio-therapists at Columbia and the SUNY's Downstate Medical Center, and then in 1970 came to UVM where he established the P.T. Department, served as department chair, and was also associate dean and director of the Health Service Division in the School of Allied Health Sciences. In addition to running the academic programs, he directed P.T. and occupational therapy services at Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington.
After retiring from UVM he spent 10 years at Clarkson University where he designed and built a fully integrated P.T. degree, research and clinical program. He and his wife Gail have been married for 55 years.