Georgia Lee Metcalfe enjoyed working with people. "She actually lived her job," says her mother Vera Metcalfe. "That's one of the reasons she got into occupational therapy."
Georgia Metcalfe was a certified teacher and earned a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Grand Valley State University. For a time, she traveled to Wisconsin and other states, working with a parks program. Soon, however, she discovered that her greatest pleasure came from working with people.
Following that proclivity, she decided to pursue a degree in occupational therapy through a correspondence course offered by WMU. In 1988, she returned to WMU's Kalamazoo campus and completed her master's degree in OT there.
Georgia Metcalfe began her OT career at Three Rivers Hospital, where she demonstrated her gift for helping transform people's lives from broken to whole. "She helped one young man who was totally incapacitated, and worked with him until he was able to move into his own apartment," her mother recalled. "She would figure out how she could help people by using her skills to reconfigure equipment, which made life easier for her clients."
Georgia Metcalfe passed away in 2007, leaving a legacy of caring and dedication among all of those whose lives she touched, especially her husband, Bob Davidson. She also lives on in the Georgia Lee Metcalfe Endowed Scholarship, established by her mother in 2010 to memorialize her daughter and the spirit of her work.
"We were very close," says Vera Metcalfe, "and I thought a scholarship might be something Georgia would approve of because she liked the work so well." She adds, "I would hope that it would go to someone who was dedicated to the field of OT and needed funds to help them along."