College of Health Sciences

West Chester University

Dr. Linda Adams, Dean
Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383

2011 Sturzebecker Hall of Fame Inductees

Thomas Fillippo John Maher Nancy Prickett J. Robert Wirag

Thomas A. Fillippo, B.S. '69

  • Corporate President, WCU Council of Trustees, Distinguished Alumni, WCU, Community leader
  • President, Devault Foods, West Chester, PA
  • B.S. Degree in Kinesiology, WCU 1969
  • West Chester University Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Chairman, WCU Council of Trustees
  • Chairman, Paoli Hospital Foundation Board
  • President of the Great Valley High Alumni Association
  • President, Chester County Chamber of Commerce
  • Board member, Chester County Development Council
  • Board member, Central and Western Industrial Development Authority
  • Member, Fund for West Chester University
  • Received Distinguished Citizen Award from Chester County Council of Boy Scouts, 2004
  • Coached football and wrestling in the Great Valley School System
  • As center on the West Chester University Football team, Tom played in two Tangerine Bowls
  • Tom and his wife Jo Anne ran a full marathon in Philadelphia

John P. Maher, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Director of County Health Department, Chester County, Pennsylvania, June 1978-December 2008; Public Health Physician, 2009-present
  • Founded the Chester County Public Health Emergencies Advisory Council; member, Regional Counter-Terrorism Task Force, Chair of its Public Health Subcommittee, 2002-2008
  • Editor-in-Chief, Chester County Medicine; Board Member, Chester County Medical Society
  • Advisory Board Camilla Hall Nursing Home; Chair, Healthcare & Ethics Committee, 2009-2010
  • Instructor, Graduate Division, School of Health Sciences, Department of Health, West Chester University, September 1981-December 2000; member MPH Advisory Committee, West Chester University, April 2005-present
  • Undergraduate training at St. Peter's College, Jersey City, NJ; Pre-Med Major, Minor in Philosophy
  • M.D. Degree, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, 1960
  • Captain, U.S. Army Medical Corps, 1961-1963 with service in the Far East-Okinawa, Taiwan, Viet-Nam
  • Internal Medicine Residency training: Misericordia Hospital, Philadelphia; Infectious Disease training at PGH; Neurology training at University of Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Public Health Residency 1967-1970: New York City Health Department, including Masters Degree in Public Health, Harvard Graduate School of Public Health, 1968. Served as Health Officer for the Bedford-Stuyvesant District and later for the Borough of Staten Island
  • Has held a variety of academic posts in medical/graduate schools: Cornell University Medical College, New York City; Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia; Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City

Nancy Prickett, B.S. '72

  • Physical Therapist, business woman, teacher
  • Owner/CEO Aspen Physical Therapy, Mount Holly, NJ 1986 to present
  • Colonel, United States Army Reserve (Ret)
  • B.S. Health & Physical Education, West Chester State College
  • Baylor University, M.P.T. degree, Central Michigan University M.A. degree
  • Board Certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy and Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Treasurer of the International Association for Physical Therapists Working for Older People
  • Adjunct Professor in Physical Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University, Neumann University, The Richard Stockton College of NJ, University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ
  • Outstanding Alumni Award-US Army/Baylor University program for the Physical Therapist, 1990
  • Lucy Blair Service Award-American Physical Therapy Association in 2004
  • International Service Award-World Confederation of Physical Therapy, 2007
  • Dean's Citation Award for Teaching-University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, 2020
  • Burlington County Outstanding Woman of the Year Award
  • Outstanding Service Award, Excellence in Clinical Practice and Teaching Award, President's Award-New Jersey Chapter of American Physical Therapy Association
  • Rancocas Valley Regional High School Sports Hall of Fame, 1996
  • VIP Alumni Rancocas Valley Regional High School, 1991
  • Medical Missionary to India, 1976-1979
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, 1971-1972

J. Robert Wirag, '64

  • University Health Services Director, Professor, Author
  • Doctorate in Health & Safety, Department of Applied Health Sciences Indiana University, 1970-1972
  • Masters in Health Education, Department of Applied Health Sciences Indiana University, 1964-1965
  • Bachelors in Health Education, West Chester University, 1960-1964
  • Faculty member: University of Notre Dame, DePaul University, Penn State University
  • Director: Health Services at the University of Arkansas, University of Texas at Austin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Central Florida
  • Member: American College of Health Association since 1970 and past president 1990-1991
  • 1992, West Chester University Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 2005, ACHA's prestigious Edward Hitchcock Award for contributions to college health
  • 2008. distinguished achievements award, Pottsgrove School District Honor Roll
  • 2011, Lifetime Achievement Award, American College of Health Association's highest award
  • Contributing author, "The History and Practice of College Health: AIDS on the College Campus"
  • Consultant to over 50 colleges and universities