Born deaf in San Francisco as Theophilus de Rutte (he changed his surname in 1867). The first student at the California School for the Deaf (May 1, 1860) and the first deaf student at the University of California, Berkeley (1873). After 3 years, went to the San Francisco Art Association's School of Design for 5 years, then became a teacher at the California School; died at Berkeley.
Deaf Persons in the Arts and Sciences, p.91-94; Deaf Artists in America, p.53-60; A History of the California School for the Deaf 1860-1960, p.110-113; Deaf Heritage, p.110-112; Notable Deaf Persons, p.158-160; Gallaudet Encyclopedia, 1987, vol.1, p.302-4; Discoveries, p.57.
6 February 1851-8 October 1929