Alumni eNewsletter: Ceremony To Honor the Memory of the “Father of Deaf Education in Africa” (Archives)

During this year’s homecoming celebration, Gallaudet will dedicate and rename the newly renovated Ely Auditorium in memory of Andrew J. Foster. The dedication and renaming ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22. The ceremony will include the unveiling of the Andrew Foster bust, which was recently donated to the University by the National Black Deaf Advocates.

In 1954, Dr. Foster became the first African American to graduate from Gallaudet College. Throughout his professional life he worked tirelessly toward achieving his childhood dream of establishing schools for deaf students in Africa. For more information about this fine gentleman, go to:

Seating at the ceremony is limited to invited guests only. However, the event will be broadcast live over the campus cable in two locations – the Student Union Building Multipurpose Room Upper Level and the Peikoff Alumni House. The dedication will also be broadcast live on the University’s web site, at

Posted: 30 Sep 2004

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