We never know how much we learn
From those who never will return
Until a flash of unforeseen
Remembrance falls on what has been.

-- Edward Arlington Robinson


RICHARD M PHILLIPS: Many Deaf Coloradans who "touch finish Gallaudet" remember with affection 'Dean of Students' Phillips who died, age 79, from complications of pneumonia, on 9 January 1997, at Prince William Hospital, Manassas, Virginia. Following are excerpts from a tribute by Michael P Kaika in DEAF LIFE, February 1997:

"Phillips graduated from Gallaudet with a bachelor's degree in 1940, master's from Butler University in 1953, and doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1969. He was the first [Deaf] Gallaudet alumnis to receive an earned doctorate in education. Gallaudet University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws in 1990.

"He served as head supervisor of the boys' residence hall and as a primary teacher at the Indiana School for the Deaf 1940-1943. During the World War II years, 1943-1945, he worked as a macninist for the Esterine-Angus Company, a defense plant in Indiana. After the war, he served as vocational rehabilitation specialist for the Deaf in Indiana. He returned to Gallaudet in 1952, serving as rehabilitation liaison, counselor, and instructor; from 1954 to 1980 as Dean of Students and of Student Affairs; and from 1980 until retirement in 1989 as chairman of the department of counseling."

KELLY KELIHER (from SEE THE GOOD NEWS, February 1997): "On the first day of January [1997], God in His love took Kelly home with Him in heaven. He is missed very much by his wife, Dolly, and his family, and by the whole Deaf community at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs. ... A great leader for the Deaf has been asked by God to now rest."

ALBERT SHANKER (by David Broder, in THE WASHINGTON POST, reprinted in THE DENVER POST, 2 March 1997): "I know that union leaders are out of fashion, but a man who died last week, Albert Shanker of the America Federation of Teachers, deserved more than the cursory commendation he received. While fiercely protecting his member-constituents, Shanker campaigned as hard as any American one could name these past two decades for better schools and higher standards for teachers and students alike. He worked with everyone who shared his passion -- governors and presidents of both parties and business leaders of all stripes. Parents and kids who never heard of him are in his debt."

THEODORE WALLACE TUCKER: Our beloved "TED" Tucker, 85 years ever young, died on 26 February 1997. Services were at St George's Episcopal Church on 1 March 1997, followed by interment at Hampden Memorial Gardens. The following is excerpted from THE DENVER POST, 3 March 1997

He was born on 28 November 1911 in Lawrence, Kansas. He graduated from the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind in Colorado Springs. He also attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. IN 1937, he married Annie Sweatt in Hernando, Mississippi. He was employed by Samsonite for 27 years.

He is survived by his wife, Annie: two sons, Roland of Tampa, Florida, and Kenneth of Denver; and three daughters, Nancy Bacon of El Cajon, California, Patsy Lebsock of Golden, and Shirley Gilbertson of Aurora; 13 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Center on Deafness (COD), 1900 Grant Street, #1010, Denver, CO 80203, or to the American Cancer Society, 2255 South Oneida Street, Denver, CO 80224.

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