|Birth: ||Dec. 13, 1931|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 11, 2001|
Obituary from the New York Times...Louis Fant, the hearing child of deaf parents who helped found the National Theater of the Deaf in Waterford, Conn. died in Seattle on June 11, 2001 at the age of 69.
Mr. Fant learned sign language before he learned to speak. He was born in Greenville, South Carolina, went to Baylor University, planned a career in ministry and earned a master's degree in teaching at Columbia University. He taught elementary school students at New York School for the Deaf before joining the faculty at Gallaudet University in Washington, where he developed an interest in theater.
In 1967 he helped found the National Theater of the Deaf in Waterford. He toured with the group for three years as an actor, interpreter, translator, narrator and administrator.
He moved to California in the 1970's to pursue an acting career. He appeared in television shows including "Little House on the Prairie", "Cheers" and in films including "Looking for Mr. Goodbar".
He also worked as a consultant for actors like Diane Keaton, Henry Winkler and John Rubenstein, and was a coach on the set of the movie "Children of a Lesser God". He conducted seminars and wrote books on sign language including "The American Sign Language Phrase Book".
Mr. Fant is survived by his wife, Barbara Bernstein and four children.
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Thank you for you love for the Deaf and for educating interpreters and signers all over.|
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