First deaf woman to have a high-level position in the U.S. Government. Born in Michigan, deafened at age 10 from spinal meningitis; public school until 6th grade, then graduated from the Michigan School for the Deaf; graduated Gallaudet College (1937); honorary Doctor of Laws from Gallaudet, 1980. Worked as a consultant for the deaf and hard of hearing in the U.S. Government. Died of a stroke in Washington, DC.
Successful Deaf Americans, p.39-40; www.rit.edu/~glk9638/history/adler.htm (Jan. 24, 2001); Deaf Women, p.58-59.
29 August 1915-19 February 2000