Dr. John F. Unruh was a member of the original team of Philadelphia specialists who searched for new ways to help neurologically impaired children and their families. Along with his partner Dr. Robert J. Doman, the Centre for Neurological Rehabilitation (CNR) was founded. He was born in 1941 in the city of Philadelphia where he spent his childhood. The CNR operated from 1965 to 1998 and serviced thousands of needy children from all over the world. Currently he is the director on Neurological Rehabilitation International Consultants with services available in Florida and Texas.
He was an exceptional child having completed a 4 year course of study in Chemistry by the time he was 17. He then continued his education with a baccalaureate degree and a masters degree in Physical Education specializing in Therapeutic Exercise and Counseling. He then earned his doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology having studied at many Universities in the Philadelphia area including West Chester University, Temple University, The University of Delaware and the Avery Post Graduate Institute.
In addition, he completed a one year apprenticeship under the tutelage of Eugene B. Spitz, M.D. the renowned neurosurgeon and neurologist. Dr. Unruh's contributions to the services of the CNR are numerous and far reaching. In recognition of his contributions to the well being of handicapped children along with the international scope of his work, West Chester University has awarded him their prestigious Outstanding Graduate award.
Providing lectures, seminars and conferences in many countries has been his primary mode of disseminating information about his work and the work of the CNR. His Book, Down Syndrome, published by Fern Ridge Press, Eugene, Oregon, 1994, has received acclaim from many parents and professional sources such as The Gesell Institute at Yale University. In is also published in German and Flemish. In addition, He has developed services in Israel, Morocco, Iran, Mexico, New Zealand, as well as at various locations throughout the United States and Canada. As early as 1969 services began throughout Spain. Clinics were found in Madrid, Oviedo, Malaga and Tenerife before they were all consolidated in Barcelona.
He is a physically imposing figure at 6'4" in height and weighs 250 lbs. He holds an 8th degree black belt in Judo, a 7th degree black belt in Jujitsu, and has been specializing in the internal martial art of Tai Chi for many years. In August 2001, he was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame which not only recognized his work in the martial arts but his contributions to the children of the world who are disabled.
He fits perfectly into the description of the gentle giant. The children love him, the parents admire him and his fellow professionals have great respect for him. He is loved by thousands who have had their lives touched by him and therefore made better due to the help he was able to provide.
He has a lovely wife Patricia (Pat), who works by his side as the Associate Director of his services and three daughters Monica, Patty Ann, and Alison. He is further blessed with three beautiful Granddaughters Anna, Leah, and Kaitlyn.