Car accident kills Tampa social worker
By RICHARD BOCKMAN Times Staff Writer
Fatal accident Peter Halpin, head of United Cerebral Palsy of
Tampa, was killed this morning when his car, background, and this
overturned cement truck collided at an intersection in north Tampa,
Peter P. Halpin,
executive director of United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa, was killed this
morning when his car and a loaded cement truck collided at an
intersection in the Sulphur Springs area.
The driver of the Amcon Concrete Inc. truck, Eugene McKenzie, 33,
3712 Lowry Court, was treated for cuts and bruises at St. Joseph's
The accident occurred at North Rowlett Park Drive and East Mulberry
Street at about 8:43 a.m. The intersection is not far from Halpin's home
at 11114 20th St.
Police information officer Johnny Barker said the cement truck was
northbound on Rowlett Park Drive when a 1973 Chevrolet westbound on
Mulberry violated the stop sign and entered the intersection. Halpin was
alone in the car.
Gouges in the road indicate the cement truck pushed the car forward
about 65 feet. The car, whose rear was crushed, lay in a ditch opposite
the overturned truck, which was still in the roadway this morning.
The car looked as if the truck had landed on top of it, squeezing
it off the road and into the ditch.
"We all feel so terrible. I know he's going to be missed. He's
always made a good contribution," said Ruth Kubinac, Halpin's secretary.
"He was always looking for ways to help the clinic and the children. 1
know I'm going to miss him."
Halpin, 51, served the public for virtually all of his life. He has
been the executive director of United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa for the
past 15 years. Under his leadership, children, parents and schools
benefited from a program that provided therapy for cerebral palsy
victims, as well as from public education about the disease.
Before joining UCP in 1964, he worked with the state Child Welfare
Service. In 1955 he was hired as a medical social worker at the
Southwest Southwest Florida Tuberculosis Hospital and a year later he
was appointed director of the hospital's social service department.
A native of New Haven, Conn., Halpin graduated from the University
of Miami in 1951. He attended the University of Connecticut Graduate
School of Social Work and received a fellowship to attend the Yale
University School of Alcohol Studies in 1959.
[The Tampa Times, Tampa, FL, 07 Jun 1979, Thu, Main
Edition, Page 1]
Crash Kills Peter Halpin, Palsy Unit Head
Peter Halpin, the executive director of United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa,
was killed Thursday morning in an automobile automobile accident when
his car collided with a loaded cement truck. He was 52. . Tampa police
said Halpin ran a stop sign at Rowlett Park Drive and Mulberry Mulberry
Street and was hit by a cement truck. The driver of the truck was
treated for minor injuries and released from St. Joseph's Hospital. 11
Halpin, a native of Ross Mount, Ireland, Ireland, graduated from the
University of Miami in 1951. He attended the University University of
Connecticut Graduate School of Social Work and received a fellowship to
attend the Yale University School of Alcohol Studies in 1959. Halpin had
lived in the Tampa Bay area for 24 years and worked with the State
Welfare Department and the Child Welfare Services. In 1955 he was
employed by the Southwest Florida Tuberculosis Tuberculosis Hospital as
a medical and social social worker. He was later appointed director
director of its social services department. He also served as district
governor of Florida Federation of Social Workers and as state president
of the federation. Halpin served as president of the University
University of Miami Alumni Association. Halpin was known throughout the
community for his dedication to the children who attended the cerebral
palsy clinic. He would often take children from the clinic to civic club
meetings. ' Halpin told a reporter in 1970, "The kids really enjoy the
luncheons. Outside of making the public aware of the handicapped,
handicapped, we try to get the public inter-estedto inter-estedto inter-estedto
support programs like this. Wh two kids will generate will help 30 or40
more," he said. - Halpin was executive director of the clinic for 15
years. . He served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and
went overseas overseas during World War II. He was a member of the Most
Holy Redeemer Obituaries Catholic Church and the Tampa East Sertoma
Club. Survivors include his wife, Nancy; two sons, Patrick J. and Kevin
W.; a daughter, Susan W., all of Tampa; two . brothers, Jack of Ireland
and Michael R. of West Haven, Conn.; three sisters, Mary Geary of New
Haven, Conn., Rose Marie Sullivan of Guilford, Conn, and Bernice Halpin
of Hamden, Conn. F.T. Blount Funeral Home.
[The Tampa Tribune, Tampa, FL, 08 Jun 1979, Fri, Main Edition, Page 55]