Born in southwest VA; deaf at age 9. Attended the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind at Staunton until 1943, then entered Gallaudet College, graduating 1948. Taught at the South Carolina School for the Deaf until 1952, then at the Virginia School until 1967. Master's from the University of Virginia in 1957, the first deaf person to get a degree from that school. After attending the National Leadership Training Program at CSUN in 1967, returned to the Virginia School as an assistant principal. Became a co-founder of the state-supported Virginia Council for the Deaf and served as its director, 1972-1981, then became Principal of the Virginia School.
www.rit.edu/~glk9638/history/yates.htm (Jan. 24, 2001).