Alumni eNewsletter: Biographies for nominees for Kellogg Conference Hotel rooms (Archives)

Katie Brown ’64 (1917-2002) Counselor and Advocate. Became deaf at about age 13. She was a counselor at the Jewish Vocational Service Agency in Chicago. She was the first deaf African American member of the Gallaudet Board of Directors. She also served on the Advisory Committee of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. In recognition of her leadership in the deaf community, Chicago Mayor Harold Washington proclaimed January 9, 1987, "Katie Brown Day."

Byron Benton Burnes ’26 (1904-1999) Teacher and Leader. Graduate of Alabama School for the Deaf. He taught at three schools for the deaf, mostly at the California School, Berkeley. He was very active in the National Association of the Deaf and was the President of the organization from 1946 to 1964.

Alan Benn Crammatte ‘32 (1911-1996) Teacher. He was a faculty member in the department of Business Administration at Gallaudet for over 20 years. He encouraged countless students to dare to dream about working in the business field. A tireless fundraiser, he, along with his wife, Florence Bridges Crammatte ‘35, led the successful effort to raise funds for the restoration of “Ole Jim” now known as the Peikoff Alumni House.

Deaf President Now (1988) In March 1988, Gallaudet University experienced a watershed event that led to the appointment of the 124-year-old university's first deaf president. Since then, Deaf President Now (DPN) has become synonymous with self-determination and empowerment for deaf and hard of hearing people everywhere.

Harley Daniel Drake, Class of 1902 (1882-1962) Teacher and Farmer. Graduate of Ohio School for the Deaf. He taught at two schools for the deaf before coming to Gallaudet where he became manager of the college’s farm and taught Agriculture and English. He was known for his love of Gallaudet University and led a very successful fundraising effort for a building now known as the Edward Miner Gallaudet Memorial Building.

Lou Fant (1931-2001) Writer, Actor and Teacher. He was a hearing son of deaf parents. He authored several sign language textbooks. He interpreted at many events. He played in some films and television.

Edward Allen Fay (1843-1923) Vice President of Gallaudet University, Teacher, and Journal Editor. He was a professor at Gallaudet from 1865 to 1920. He was the editor of the American Annals of the Deaf from 1870 to 1920. He was instrumental in disproving Alexander Graham Bell’s argument that deaf couples should not be allowed to marry. His meticulous research showed that no more than 5 to 10 percent of deaf couples have deaf offspring. This research discouraged any potential legislation to prevent deaf people from marrying each other. His research continues to be valid to this day.

Irving Sidney Fusfeld, G’-16 (1893-1977) Teacher, Educational Administrator, and Journal Editor. He was a student at the normal school, now known as the graduate school at Gallaudet. He taught at Gallaudet in 1916 and was Dean of Academic Affairs from 1939 to 1953. He was vice president of Gallaudet from 1953 to 1956. He also was an editor of the American Annals of the Deaf from 1920 to 1943. He also worked as a staff psychologist at the California School, Berkeley.

Petra Fandrem Howard ‘12 (1891-1971) Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Activist. Graduate of Minnesota School for the Deaf. She worked for the Minnesota Labor Bureau for the Deaf, the first of its kind in the country, as a counselor for the vocational rehabilitation for over 40 years. She was actively involved in several deaf organizations.

Frederick Henry Hughes ‘13 (1892-1956) Teacher, Athletic Coach, and Actor. Graduate of Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. He taught at Gallaudet for many years and he was a football coach who inspired his teams with a winning attitude. He also was known as a fantastic drama teacher who inspired a generation of actors and artists.

Leo Marcus Jacobs ‘38 (1918-1998) Teacher, Advocate, and Author. Graduate of California School for the Deaf. He taught at the California School for the Deaf, Berkeley for over 35 years. As the first recipient of Powrie Vaux Doctor Chair of Deaf Studies, he authored A Deaf Adult Speaks Out which is currently in its third edition.

Art (Abraham) Kruger ‘33 (1911-1992) Leader, Coach and Sportswriter. Graduate of Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. He was one of the founders of the American Athletic Association of the Deaf in 1945. He was a team director for the United States in the World Games for the Deaf, now known as the Deaflympics, from 1957 to 1966. He was an excellent sportswriter for the Silent Worker and Deaf American for over 30 years.

Malcolm J. Norwood ‘49 (1927-1989) Teacher and Captioned Films Pioneer. Graduate of American School for the Deaf. He taught at three different schools for the deaf before coming to Washington, DC where he was involved with the new Captioned Films for the Deaf and eventually into the development of closed captioning for television.

Frederick Carl Schreiber ‘42 (1922-1979) Chemist, Administrator, and Leader. Raised in Brooklyn, NY, he attended two schools for the deaf in the New York City area. He was a chemist before becoming a community activist who transformed the National Association of the Deaf into a recognized and respected national organization. He was a visionary and a tireless advocate for the deaf and disability groups. He was a peerless coalition builder.

Laura Catherine Redden Searing (1840-1923) Journalist and Author. She was born in Maryland, but moved to Missouri at very young age. She became deaf at 11 years old and attended the Missouri School for the Deaf. In the early 1860s she moved from St. Louis, Missouri to Washington, D.C. and became a journalist and author during the Civil War. She met some Civil War generals and interviewed President Abraham Lincoln. After the war, she lived in California. She wrote several books on poems.

Lillian Hahn Skinner ‘39 (1918-2000) Teacher and Leader. She was one of the first Asian Americans to graduate from Gallaudet. She taught at several schools, one in Maryland and many in California. She was very active in the deaf community and was the first woman to become the Chairman for then-American Athletic Association of the Deaf basketball tournament and a founding member of the California Home for Aged Deaf.

May Martin Stafford, Class of 1895 (1868-1908) Teacher. She was the first deaf woman teacher at Gallaudet College. She taught English after she graduated from Gallaudet. She was one of the founders of the Buff and Blue.

William C. Stokoe (1919-2000) Linguist, Scholar, and Teacher. He was employed at Gallaudet from 1955 until his retirement in 1984. He taught English. He began his research into sign language and found out that American Sign Language has its own language characteristics separate from English. He was the director of the Linguistics Research Laboratory at Gallaudet.

George William Veditz, Class of 1884 (1861-1937) Teacher, Scholar, and Leader. He became deaf at 8 years old and attended the Maryland School for the Deaf. He taught at the Maryland School for a few years before he moved to Colorado where he taught at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind for many years. He was one of the founders of the Colorado Association of the Deaf. He was the president of the National Association of the Deaf. During his presidency, he started a project to preserve the sign language of deaf leaders on motion picture. He appeared in one film titled, “Preservation of the Sign Language” which was produced in 1913.

Boyce R. Williams ‘32 (1910-1998) Teacher and Educational Administrator. He became deaf at 17 years old and attended public schools before going to the Wisconsin School for the Deaf for one year. After graduation, he taught at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf and also at the Indiana School for the Deaf. He also was a vocational rehabilitation counselor in Indiana. At the end of World War II, he assumed a new position within the Office of Deafness and Communicative Disorders in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Vocational Rehabilitation services to deaf and hard of hearing people were vastly improved under his tenure. He was the first deaf person to be a member of the university’s board of directors.


Posted: 24 May 2005

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