Deafened at age 6 by an ototoxic drug administered for pneuomia. Got through public schools, graduating Chicago's Parker High School. First entered an Illinois college but transferred to Gallaudet College (B.A., 1968); M.S. (1970) from University of Arizona; first Black deaf person to earn a doctorate, Ph.D. (1982), from New York University. Associated with LaGuardia Community College, Deafness Research and Training Center of NYU, Michigan Rehabilitation Services (Detroit), and Rehabilitation and Research Training Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (University of Arkansas, Little Rock), 1982- . First deaf Black person to be chairperson of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees, 1994-2006, resigning to make an unsuccessful bid to become Gallaudet's president.
Deaf Persons in the Arts and Sciences, p.9-11; Great Deaf Americans, The Second Edition, p.328, 331-333; On the Green, vol.24, no.16, February 21, 1994; ESPN.com, April 10, 2007.
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