|Birth: ||Jan. 29, 1920|
|Death: ||Jan. 27, 1995|
Educator and advocate of the deaf. Dr. Edward C. Merrill Jr. born in Asheville, North Carolina was the fourth president of Gallaudet University and served for a lengthy term from 1969 until 1983. During Dr. Merrill's presidency, he was an advocate of deaf people. The enrollment at the college doubled and the campus witnessedramatic changes on campus with the construction of three dormitories, the Merrill Learning Center, the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School and a field house. Under his leadership, the college received a lot more funding for research projects related to the teaching of the deaf children.
Dr. Merrill was recognized as the national and international leader in the field of education for deaf and hard of hearing people. He established educational extension centers, the National Information Center on Deafness, the National Center for Law and the Deaf, and the International Center on Deafness.
Dr. Merrill wrote many articles on the education of the deaf and many speeches related to deaf education. Dr. Merrill retired as president of Gallaudet College in 1983 where he had served for 14 years. Dr. Edward C. Merrill Jr. passed away on January 27, 1995 and is buried in North Carolina.
Specifically: buried in North Carolina
Created by: Asterixfan
Record added: Mar 04, 2008
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