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WVU college inducts Charleston woman into hall of fame

By Staff reports

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences inducted four graduates into its hall of fame on Friday, including the late Louise Christensen of Charleston.

Christensen, who died in January 2012, worked in management positions at hospitals that are now part of the Charleston Area Medical Center system, as well as in health-care facilities across the country.

She was a graduate of WVU and Duke University.

After retirement, she became an active volunteer in Hospice, Habitat for Humanity and in her church. She enjoyed cooking, skiing, reading, traveling and friends, according to a WVU news release.

Other alumni inducted into the hall of fame include Kevin Bastin, of Houston; Paul Bischoff, of Beaver Falls, Pa.; and David Van Halanger, of Turtle Creek, Pa.

Phillip Donley, of Brooke County, was named the 2013 outstanding alumnus of the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences.

Donley, former head athletic trainer for West Chester State University, recently conducted research on the prevention of upper-extremity problems for professional baseball players.

To qualify for the awards, all nominees must have received a degree from the college or a certificate in athletic training prior to 1997, served as a faculty or staff member, and made significant contributions to the college or their profession.


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