Dr. Mary Lou Thornburg

Dr. Mary Lou Thornburg was appointed to the physical education faculty at Bridgewater State College in 1964.  After a distinguished career of 33 years, including long service as chairperson of the Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion and Leisure Studies, she retired in1997.

Dr. Thornburg became acting dean of the School of Education and Allied Studies, serving until 1999.  Her service to the college continued as chairperson of the Adrian Tinsley Center Planning Committee, which had overall responsibility for every phase of planning of the college's first field house. The $17.4 million Adrian Tinsley Center was opened officially in October 2002.

Dr. Thornburg's experience, vision and commitment to excellence in physical education were instrumental in all stages of the development of the Adrian Tinsley Center, including its state of the art fitness Center, which now bears her name.

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