This article tells the story of Anna J. Magee (AJM), the founder of the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, one of the country’s premier medical rehabilitation institutions. AJM’s life was shaped by her family, her times, and her city. The daughter of one of the founders of the Pennsylvania Railroad, she emerged in the late 19th century as an independent woman of elite Philadelphian society, demonstrating a special devotion to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 10th and Market Streets and, inspired by her personal physician, a determination to serve the rehabilitative needs of physically disabled patients, regardless of their ability to pay. As the last surviving member of her family, AJM’s contributions have been largely overlooked, but her vision to recognize this societal need resulted in a legacy that endures to this day.
Recommended CitationDitunno, Jr, John F. and Formal, Chris S., "Anna Justina Magee: A woman of determination and vision" (2021). Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Faculty Papers. Paper 46.