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The ASHA Leader, November 2011, Vol. 16, 36-37. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.16152011.36
The ASHA Leader, November 2011, Vol. 16, 36-37. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.16152011.36
Awarded: Mary Ida Hunt, Donna Oas, Frank Robinson, and Karen Seelig were inducted into the Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services Outstanding Alumni Academy, which recognized them for professional excellence and leadership in education and service ... Linda Thibodeau, a professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), was selected by Phonak International for its annual Cheryl DeConde Johnson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Educational and Pediatric Audiology ... Emily Tobey, associate provost and Nelle C. Johnston Chair in Communication Disorders at UT Dallas and its Callier Center for Communication Disorders, was named one of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni by the College of Education at New Mexico State University.
In the News: Felicia Conlan, a speech-language pathologist in Los Angeles, Calif., was profiled on CNNMoney.com (Oct. 11) about her choice to leave behind a career in television and become an SLP ... Jean Graham-Otis, an SLP at Broome-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Dickinson, N.Y., was featured in a WBNG-12 Action News story (Nov. 7) about the use of iPad and iPod apps in speech-language treatment.
Named: Ruth Bentler, professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa, has been named department chair... The Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders named its 2011-2012 Board of Directors: Michael Kimbarow (president), Kenn Apel (president-elect), Brooke Hallowed (past president), Neil DiSarno (secretary), Melody Harrison (treasurer), Judith Vander Woude (vice president, communications), Mark DeRuiter (vice president, professional development), Craig Champlin (vice president, research and academic development), Michael Flahive (vice president, standards and credentials), Richard Hurtig (vice president, student development), Frances Laven (ex-officio).
Retired: Steven C. White, ASHA director of health care economics and advocacy, is retiring on Dec. 30, 2011. White came to ASHA in 1981 and served as its first director of reimbursement policy. White, an ASHA Fellow, is ex-officio to the ASHA Health Care Economics Committee. He holds a master’s in speech-language pathology and audiology from Ithaca College and a PhD in audiology from Wayne State University. During his tenure at ASHA, White was instrumental In enhancing coverage of speech-language pathology and audiology services in public and private health insurance programs, and increasing reimbursement rates for SLPs and audiologists from third-party payers.
Deaths
Julie O. Gardner, 75, on July 17, 2011, in San Diego, Calif. While raising three children, Gardner re-entered college, receiving a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She later received a master’s and PhD in communicative disorders from the University of Southern California. Gardner was a professor for 17 years at CSUN, earning the Distinguished Professor Award in her first year. She also worked as a private practitioner with students in private schools. As the practice grew, she partnered with close friend Diane Manzella to establish Gardner Manzella, Inc., which provided speech-language and rehabilitation treatment to patients in nursing homes and hospitals. The practice covered 12 states from New York to Hawaii, with more than 350 employees. In 1995, Gardner received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from CSUN.
She retired to San Diego. Gardner is survived by her husband, Loren; daughter, Lorri Crawford; two sons, Deane and Daren; brother, James O’Brien; and four grandchildren.
Hiroshi Shimizu, 87, of myeloproliferative disorder, on Sept. 15, 2011, in Timonium, Md. Shimizu was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan, where he earned a medical degree and a master of science degree from Kyoto Prefectural University. After completing residencies at Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md., he taught at his alma mater. He was then an assistant professor and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Health and Public Hygiene. Shimizu became director of the Hearing and Speech Center at Hopkins in 1967 In the late 1960s, Shimizu proposed testing newborn babies’ hearing using auditory brainstem response (ABR). Shimizu, an ASHA Fellow, was influential in the founding of the American Auditory Society and earned the honors of the Maryland Academy of Audiology and the American Auditory Society. Shimizu is survived by his wife, Tokuko Tokunaga; son, Yoji; and four grandchildren.
Clara Stewart Wing, 82, on Oct. 16, 2011. Born in Elmira, N.Y., Wing lived in Montgomery County, Md., for more than 50 years. Wing earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in French at Middlebury College, a master’s in linguistics from American University, and a master’s and PhD in speech-language pathology from the University of Maryland. She taught high school French and Spanish in several states and in Japan. She continued teaching high school language in Maryland while earning her advanced degrees. She co-authored a paper on the causal link between defective infant formulas and expressive language disorders, which led to changes in formula ingredients. Through her church, Wing established an after-school and summer tutoring program for elementary students, coordinated volunteer teachers, and taught English to adults. She is survived by her siblings, Tom Wing and Alice Ferrier.
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