<img style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2005-12_10\/HansRichardLehneis.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\nAn icon in the orthotics and prosthetics profession, Hans Richard Lehneis, PhD, CPO, died October 15 at age 72.\r\n\r\nAs director of the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York, New York, through most of his career, he touched and influenced countless numbers of lives in the O&P community. He also was a consultant and research professor of rehabilitation medicine at the New York University School of Medicine.\r\n\r\nTributes and comments of appreciation poured in as those professionals whom he mentored and influenced described their reactions to his passing. Typical reactions included such as the following:\r\n\r\n"Dr. Lehneis inspired one to regard the orthotic and prosthetic profession as an opportunity to do something really special," said J. Andre Bonneville, MD, MS, CO, of Ortholab Rehab, Port Jefferson Station, New York. "He went where no one had before by blending biomechanical theory with advanced design in a way that defined the highest standard of care...In my mind he will always be the gold standard for professionalism, integrity, and advancement in orthotic and prosthetic care."\r\n\r\n"As a teacher he made difficult concepts easy to grasp,"\r\nremembered Glenn F. Hutnick, CPO, FAAOP, Hutnick Rehabilitation\r\nSupport Services Inc., Holbrook, New York. "Under his employ, he\r\nwas quite demanding of his clinicians, but through this they\r\ngrew...It was Dick who instilled in me the need of continuing\r\neducation and support for the Academy [American Academy of\r\nOrthotists and Prosthetists]. A day does not go by that I am not\r\nusing some bit of advice or skill that [he taught me]."\r\n\r\nDr. Lehneis started his own business in 1969, Lehneis Orthotic\r\nand Prosthetic Associates, Roslyn, New York. His sons Richard\r\nLehneis Jr., CPO; Alfred Lehneis, CPO, FAAOP; and Roger Lehneis,\r\nMBA, carry on his work.\r\n\r\nA researcher, teacher, mentor, and inventor who held patents on\r\neight devices, Dr. Lehneis was recognized internationally for the\r\ninnovation and evolution of orthoses and prostheses, benefiting\r\nboth the O&P profession and patients. He earned many honors\r\nand his contributions have been recognized globally in more than 80\r\npublications. He was acclaimed worldwide for humanitarian efforts\r\nin Armenia.\r\n\r\nBorn in Frankfurt, Germany, he immigrated to the US in 1954.\r\nBesides his sons, he is survived by his wife Mayumi and four\r\ngrandchildren. If desired, donations may be made in his name to the\r\nRusk Institute, 400 East 34th Street, Suite 600, New York, New York\r\n10016; Phone: 212.263.6105. Donations should be made to the\r\nDepartment of Rehabilitation Medicine, attention: Mathew Lee. In\r\nthe memo section of the donation check, it is asked that the name\r\nof Dr. Lehneis be made as an acknowledgment.\r\n<h4>Remembering Dad<\/h4>\r\n<b><i>By Richard "Rick" Lehneis, Jr.,\r\nCPO<\/i><\/b>\r\n\r\nBefore my teenage years, in the mid-'60s, I can recall my father\r\nworking with patients who had been wearing conventional metal\r\northoses and fitting them with the new laminated plastic\r\nalternatives. He turned and asked me, "Which would you rather\r\nwear?"-making it clear how important it was to offer the best\r\navailable orthosis for each person.\r\n\r\nAs a result of his general distaste toward the metal and\r\nleather, strap and buckle, and lacing technology that was\r\ncommonplace half a century ago, he was one of the early pioneers in\r\nthe successful implementation of innovative technologies, without\r\nsacrificing the necessary control that an orthosis must provide.\r\nDozens of new methods were developed, with the collaboration of his\r\nprofessional staff, to improve rehabilitation of the patient. This\r\nwas inclusive of patient evaluation and biomechanical concepts; new\r\ncasting techniques over right-angled, cylindrical, or conical\r\nportions of the body; as well as novel materials that required\r\nadvanced fabrication and manufacturing processes. The results were\r\neven better than, I believe, he had expected, and his work helped\r\northotics and prosthetics evolve to a new level worldwide.\r\n\r\nDuring our high school years, my brother Fred and I helped our\r\ndad in the lab (All his students and employees know what this\r\nmeans!), and then it was off to college for us. With great\r\ninstructors, soon our heads were spinning with our course\r\ncurriculum and their admiration for Dad. At the time, we didn't\r\nreally understand the impact he had on our small profession. "Big\r\nshoes you've got to fill," people told us. However, I don't think\r\nhis shoes could ever be completely filled. His titles of professor\r\nand research scientist left him open to be tagged with affectionate\r\nnicknames such as "Composer" and "Mad Scientist" by colleagues in\r\nthe P&O community. After graduation, Fred and I had the\r\nprivilege to work with our dad in private practice, and later, our\r\nyoungest brother Roger joined the practice as the business\r\nadministrator.\r\n\r\nIf only we could give back what he gave to his family, his\r\npatients, and his profession!