August 26, 2015

In Memoriam: Edd Ashley

It is with enormous sadness that the School of Allied Health Professions announces the passing of Dr. Edd Ashley--professor, associate dean for student affairs, and chair of the department of physical therapy--Monday, August 24. His wife, Natasha, attended him to the end.

Dr. Ashley received his B.S. in physical therapy in 1964 from the Loma Linda University School of Physical Therapy; his M.P.H in community health administration/health education in 1968 from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health; and his Ed.D. in health education in 1971 from Boston University.

Dr. Ashley began working for Loma Linda University in 1968, first as an instructor in the department of physical therapy in the Loma Linda University Medical Center, then assuming various leadership positions in the Medical Center and School of Allied Health Professions before assuming the position of chair of the department of physical therapy in 1979 and the position of associate dean for student affairs in 1990. He maintained both of those positions until his death.

Dr. Ashley was a mentor to many of us; a visionary and out-of-the box thinker. His easy manner and jovial laugh amused and endeared him to students, faculty and staff alike.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Natasha, friends, colleagues and generations of students.

A memorial service for Dr. Ashley is scheduled at 4 p.m., Monday, August 31, at the Loma Linda University Church.

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