ASU Mourns the Loss of Healthcare Pioneer, Dr. Denise "Chapman" Montgomery

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- By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU 

Alabama State University officials are sad to report the recent passing of one of the University's pioneers in the field of health sciences and rehabilitation services, and the founding dean of the University's College of Health Sciences, Dr. Denise "Chapman" Montgomery.

Known by many as "Dr. Chapman" before her marriage to Denis Montgomery in 2012, she will be remembered for her passion for teaching and being a campus leader.

Dean Chapman Montgomery began as a faculty member at ASU in 1998 and continued until 2009 when the University asked her to assume the position as the inaugural dean of its newly created College of Health Sciences. Upon her retirement in May 2012, the ASU Board of Trustees named her "Dean Emerita" of the ASU College of Health Sciences and renamed the College's auditorium/lecture hall in her honor.

Chapman Montgomery was a member of several national organizations, including the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Academy of Physical Therapy, the National Society of Allied Health and the National Phi Delta Kappa Sorority.

Upon her death, President Quinton T. Ross Jr. honored her memory with a Presidential Proclamation, which was presented to her husband who said the presentation of the proclamation meant a great deal to the family because even in her declining health, a smile would come across Dean Chapman Montgomery's face at the mere mention of Alabama State University.

"She loved everything about the University and kept ASU in her heart all of her life," Montgomery said.