Profile in Giving: Alice Shea, P.T., M.P.H, Sc.D.

Alice Shea dedicated her life to helping children with Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, and other developmental disabilities improve their motor development, to enhancing their lives, and to championing their inclusion in the community. As a clinician at Boston Children’s Hospital, she directly touched the lives of thousands of young patients and their families; and as a researcher and educator at Boston University and Simmons College, her impact has been, and will continue to be, felt by many thousands more. Her peers considered her a leader in the field of pediatric physical therapy.

On July 28, 2014, Alice passed away at the age of 78. The Arc of Massachusetts, shortly thereafter, learned that she had included the organization in her will. Although she greatly respected The Arc and strongly supported our mission, Alice had not informed The Arc of her bequest. The Arc is honored that Alice chose to include us in her will. While we deeply appreciate this bequest and it is already helping to advance The Arc’s mission, we wish we would have had the opportunity to thank her for her generosity and find out how we can best honor her legacy.

Alice earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Boston College, a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Simmons College, and a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from Harvard University. She was very active in the American Physical Therapy Association, particularly in developing and establishing the Pediatric Section.

Alice remembered The Arc of Massachusetts in her will. It is a remarkable gift from a woman who had an extraordinary impact on the lives of so many.

Have you included The Arc of Massachusetts in your will? If so, please let us know so we can thank you for your generosity and foresight. Contact Katrin Aback, Director of Development, at or 781-891-6270 x105.

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