I was saddened to learn recently of the death of an icon in the world of OT. Jane Koomar, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA passed away peacefully at her home on February 24th
after a long illness. I did not have the privilege of knowing her personally, but she certainly had an influence on my life as a peds OT with a love for all things SI. An amazing advocate for children with SPD issues, (as well as mental health) she also taught at the collegiate level (associate professor at Tufts and Boston University) and was author/co-author on articles, chapters and books on SI (Including one of my personal favorite resources: Answers to Questions Teachers Ask About Sensory Integration
). Over the years, I did get the opportunity to attend a couple of her lectures and always marveled at her profound subject matter knowledge combined with practical expertise (she was the founder of OTA Watertown now called OTA the Koomar Center
). As I read over her life review at Legacy.com,
I am even more inspired by her list of accomplishments both personally and professionally. I am reminded of the poem by Linda Ellis. Entitled "The Dash"
it speaks to a life well lead. My thoughts go out to Dr. Koomar's family and friends during this difficult time of transition. Those who wish can make a charitable contribution to the non-profit she co-founded called the Spiral (Sensory Processing Institute for Research and Learning) Foundation at http://www.thespiralfoundation.org/index.html
May her life live on through her legacy!