April 2011 In the News: The Academy Award-winning film “The King’s Speech” lifted stuttering into the spotlight across the country. Articles on stuttering and its treatment—as well as on other speech disorders—appeared in newspapers, television news reports, and websites throughout the country from January through March, often featuring information and quotes ... People
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The ASHA Leader, May 2011, Vol. 16, 36-37. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.16052011.36
The ASHA Leader, May 2011, Vol. 16, 36-37. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.16052011.36
In the News: The Academy Award-winning film “The King’s Speech” lifted stuttering into the spotlight across the country. Articles on stuttering and its treatment—as well as on other speech disorders—appeared in newspapers, television news reports, and websites throughout the country from January through March, often featuring information and quotes provided by ASHA-member SLPs. Here are a few: Sue Marks, an SLP at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Clinics in Milwaukee, Wis., was interviewed about stuttering in a Feb. 25 online article at postcrescent.com; Melissa Kast, of FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, N.C., explained stuttering in a Feb. 26 article at thepilot.com; Hilary Evonuk and Rich DeWitt, SLPs at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Oregon, discussed a variety of communication disorders in a Feb. 27 article in the Mail Tribune (Medford, Ore.); a Feb. 28 piece on KHON-2 television news in Hawaii featured University of Hawaii students and faculty, including Dorothy Craven and Henry Lew; Vicki McCready and two graduate students appeared in a Feb. 24 piece on WFMY-News 2 in Greensboro, N.C., on speech disorders and speech and hearing services at University of North Carolina-Greensboro; in a Feb. 24 article, the San Fernando Valley (Calif.) Sun quoted Janice Woolsey and Gail Lew on how the Language, Speech, and Hearing Center at California State University, Northridge, helps individuals who stutter; a Feb. 22 article on AdvertiserTribune.com (Tiffin, Ohio) featured an interview with Rodney M. Gabel, an SLP and instructor at Bowling Green State University who himself struggles with stuttering.
Named: Maggie McGary, ASHA online community and social media manager, was named 2011 Publishing Trendsetter by the Angerosa Research Foundation. McGary developed and maintains ASHA’s Web 2.0 communication strategies; she is also a guest blogger for The Washington Post and SocialFishing. She shares her expertise through public speaking and writing, and helps other association professionals use social media more effectively. She recently developed ASHA’s blog, ASHAsphere, which receives more than 40,000 visits per month and is accessible on mobile devices. The Angerosa Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by Stratton Publishing & Marketing Inc., conducts industry benchmark research to benefit the association publishing and marketing communities.
Retired: Richard C. Katz retired on Dec. 31, 2010, from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after 36 years of service. Katz earned an MA from the University of Massachusetts and a PhD in speech-language pathology from the University of Florida. He began his VA career in 1974 as an intern at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Gainesville, Fla., worked briefly at the North Chicago VAMC, served as research SLP and chief of the Speech Pathology Section at fhe Los Angeles VA Outpatient Clinic for 13 years, and for more than 20 years was chief of the Audiology & Speech Pathology Service at the Phoenix VA Health Care System and adjunct professor at the Arizona State University. Katz served as president of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences, president of the Association of VA Speech-Language Pathologists, chair of the Micro-computer Applications Subcommittee for three ASHA conventions, and conference chair and program chair for the Clinical Aphasiology Conference. Katz served on numerous planning, administrative, clinical, and educational VA national committees and workgroups. An ASHA Fellow, he received the Outstanding Professional/Scientific Employee of the Year from the Phoenix Federal Executive Association and Honors and Outstanding Achievement Award from the Association of VA Speech-Language Pathologists.
Deaths
Sam Chwat, 57, on March 3, 2011, on Long Island, N.Y, of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Chwat, who earned a master’s in speech-language pathology from Columbia University, was the director of the Sam Chwat Speech Center, which has helped thousands of people with speech disorders. He also developed the eponymous method for accent elimination, using the knowledge he gained working with stroke victims, people who stutter, and individuals with developmental disabilities. His clients included corporate executives trying to eliminate distracting accents and politicians seeking to switch from “power” voices to voter-courting voices. He helped Hollywood actors learn other dialects for roles, including Robert De Niro, Olympia Dukakis, and Peter Boyle; and assisted others in losing their regional accents, including Andie MacDowell, Julia Roberts, and Tony Danza. He began his career in hospitals, but found new direction after being called on to help a man from Puerto Rico whose employment advancement opportunities were hindered by his strong accent. His success with that client led Chwat to start a private practice. Sometimes criticized for contributing to cultural homogenization, Chwat viewed his services as an aid to assimilation for those who desired it. Survivors include his wife, Susan Lazarus Chwat; three daughters; and a sister.
Robert (Bob) Finley Coleman, 73, on Nov. 30, 2010, of inclusion body myositis. He earned his MS in speech pathology from Vanderbilt University and his PhD in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Minnesota. Coleman was a professor at Vanderbilt and director of the Center for Communication Disorders at Eastern Virginia Medical School. An ASHA Fellow, he received the Voice Foundation’s Special Distinguished Service Award and was recognized by the Society of Sigma Xi, the honor society of research scientists and engineers. He was awarded patents for an airway monitor and a respiratory sound analyzer. Survivors include his wife, Rodalyn Napier Coleman; three children, Susan Coleman Sisk, Keel Eric Everett, and Carolyn Anne Coleman; five grandchildren; and a brother, Lucien Edwin Coleman.
Maryjane Rees, on Jan. 9, 2011, of cancer in Sacramento, Calif. The founder and chair of the Speech Pathology and Audiology program at California State University Sacramento (CSUS), Rees earned a master’s degree in special education at the University of Oregon and a doctorate in speech pathology and audiology at the University of Iowa. She served on the CSUS faculty for 34 years before retiring in 1984, and was dedicated to rigorous thinking, commitment to the profession, and quality clinical training. She developed a speech and hearing clinic at CSUS that was named in her honor. An ASHA Fellow, she chaired a year-long ASHA study of speech and hearing services in the schools. She served as president and received the Honors of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Rees served on many CSUS committees and conducted program reviews for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Survivors include her sisters, Ann Malarisie and Rebecca Bales.
Adriana L. Schuler, 64, on March 6, 2010, of cancer. Schuler, professor emerita of special education at San Francisco State University, was internationally recognized in the field of autism spectrum disorders. A native of The Netherlands, she earned a PhD in neurolinguistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Schuler joined San Francisco State in 1978, became a tenure-track faculty member in 1989, and retired in 2003, continuing to teach and conduct research until 2008. Her focus was on social-communicative and cognitive development of individuals with disabilities, particularly those with autism. Schuler was an active member of the SFSU-UC Berkeley Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education, serving as a mentor to many master’s and doctoral candidates; used her expertise and multilingual skills to consult with school districts and organizations; and contributed to professional literature. She was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Survivors include two daughters, Ellen and Emily Underwood.
Lisa Lynette Foster Weaver, 40, on Dec. 30, 2010, in Gulf Shores, Ala. She earned a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from Southeastern Louisiana University. A speech-language pathologist for the St. Tammany Parish (La.) School system who enjoyed photography and painting, she founded Access to Dignity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing individuals in long-term facilities with assistive technology supports and resources. Survivors include her husband, Randy; two sons, Raymond Mcintosh and Brandon Weaver; two daughters, Brandi Mcintosh and Stacy Weaver; two brothers; and five grandchildren.
Robert (Bob) Brookshire, 74, on March 22, 2011 in Sedona, Ariz. An ASHA Fellow, Brookshire received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1965. He spent most of his career in Minneapolis as director of the Communications Disorders Department at the VA Medical Center and as a professor in the Communication Disorders Department at the University of Minnesota. His foundational textbook, Neurogenic Communication Disorders, first published in 1970, is one of his many scholarly contributions. In 1975 Brookshire helped to create the archival database that has been generated over the past 35 years from the Clinical Aphasiology Conference, serving as the editor until 1987. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences in 1993. He is survived by his wife, Linda Nicholas, who worked with him on aphasia research for 20 years; two daughters, and a sister.
Golden Apple

Harvey Halpern

Dr. Harvey Halpern has been a speech-language pathologist and professor for the past 52 years and is retiring from Queens College in Flushing, N.Y., where I first met him 43 years ago. At that time, when he hired me as a full-time instructor and graduate student supervisor, he was the deputy chair of the Communication Arts and Sciences program. Dr. Halpern has had a distinguished career as a researcher, clinician, supervisor of graduate students, and professor. He has written many articles and presented papers on aphasia, apraxia, schizophrenia, stuttering, and language and hearing development in infants who were institutionalized. He also has written books, booklets, and chapters in books about language disorders in adults, and has served as editor of a series of studies in communication disorders. He has taught short courses at ASHA conventions; presented at Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains, N.Y., New York and New Jersey state association conventions; and has chaired and served on many committees for national and local speech, language, and hearing associations. In view of his distinguished career, Dr. Halpern was named an ASHA Fellow, has received many honors and awards, and has been given honorary membership in the Golden Key International Honor Society at Queens College.

At Queens College, he taught courses dealing with phonetics, voice, and language disorders in adults and children. All of his extensive research and experience in teaching and supervising graduate students contributed to his students’ understanding and knowledge of language disorders. In addition to being a beloved and respected teacher, Dr. Halpern is a gentleman in every sense of the word. He always has displayed a genuine interest and commitment to the education of his students. It is because of his total devotion to his students that he returned as an adjunct professor during the spring 2011 semester.

I am very proud and honored to have been his colleague for all these years and I salute Dr. Halpern for his commitment and lasting impact. I will never forget him.

Renee Toueg Flushing, N.Y.

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