The Joseph Conner, DPT '12, '14 Scholarship

Dr. Joseph ConnerOn March 24, 2018, Joseph Conner, DPT passed away at the age of 27 from a brain anyeurism.  Joe was a two-time Widener graduate who earned his bachelor's degree in biology, and later completed his doctorate in Physical Therapy. 

Joseph Conner was known as a man who loved to laugh, and whose biggest passion was for his family and friends. He especially loved sports, playing high school and club soccer and lacrosse before attending Widener, and continued his lacrosse career as a Widener student athlete.  After his graduation, Dr. Conner was a practicing physical therapist, working for Excel Physical Therapy.  A resident of West Chester, he had helped to open a new clinic for Excel shortly before his passing.

To honor the memory of Dr. Conner, Widener University, along with faculty, friends, and family, has established the Joseph David Conner DPT '12 '14 Scholarship in Physical Therapy.  This scholarship will benefit students pursuing a doctorate in Widener's Physical Therapy program in the School of Human Service Professions, with a special emphasis on students participating in Widener University's pro-bono physical therapy clinic.

Donations to the scholarship can be made online using this gift form, or by mail, or by phone.  For more information, contact Brian Lewis in the Office of Development and Alumni Engagement at 610-499-4113 or by email at


Due to our transition to off-campus work during the Covid-19 Emergency, mail delivery is delayed. To make an immediate impact with your gift, please make your gift online. To receive assistance by phone, please call Brian Lewis at 610-499-4113, or email

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Brian Lewis
Office of Development
   and Alumni Engagement
1 University Pl
Chester, PA 19013

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