As an audiologist, today serves as a special day in my professional life. Twenty-five years ago today, Dr. James Jerger and 31 other audiologists met in Houston, TX to discuss the need for a national organization of, by and for audiologists. It was during that meeting that the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) was conceptualized and founded on January 30th, 1988. In 2008, the AAA’s Board declared January 30th as Founder’s Day to honor these visionary audiologists and to commemorate the establishment of the Academy.
Below is a list of AAA Founders; unfortunately, some are no longer with us. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Founders and when you have a chance, say thank you to as many of these individuals as you can either via email, a personal thank you while at AudiologyNow! in Anaheim, or by sending a thank you card. Consider donating $25 to either the Political Action Committee (PAC) or to the Academy’s Foundation as an additional gesture of appreciation. Supporting the Academy these visionaries created is a sweet way to say thank you!
James Jerger, Lucille Beck, Fred Bess, Tomi Browne, David Citron, J. Michael Dennis, Leo Doerfler*, David Goldstein, James “Jay” Hall, III, Maureen Hannley, Robert Harrison*, Linda Hood, John Jacobson, Susan Jerger, Robert Keith, Paul Kileny, Vernon Larson, H. Gus Mueller, Frank Musiek, Jerry Northern, Wayne Olsen, George Osborne*, Anita Pikus*, Ross Roeser, Roger Ruth*, Daniel Schwartz, Brad Stach, Lazlo Stein*, Roy Sullivan, Richard Talbott, Laura Wilber, and Don Worthington.