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 Hilbert Carl M Duning

Hilbert Carl M Duning

Birth
Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, USA
Death 4 Aug 1969 (aged 59)
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Plot Garden LN, Section 134, Lot 236, Space 6
Memorial ID 78921395 · View Source
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Hilbert C. Duning, Architect
Hilbert C. Duning of Ohio was one of the few very successful deaf architects in this country. One of his former employers described him as "a credit to the profession as he was to the deaf community of Cincinnati and the nation."

Born in Richmond, Indiana, on August 16, 1906 [sic], he entered the Indiana School for the Deaf when he was six years old. When his family moved he transferred to the Ohio School for the Deaf. Another family move took him to the Cincinnati Oral School from which he graduated. He then studied at the Cincinnati Building Trades School for a year before enrolling in the Ohio Mechanics Institute from which he graduated with the highest honors, leading his class in architecture and allied subjects. He continued his studies and completed a four-year night course in three years at the University of Cincinnati becoming the first deaf person to receive a certificate there. In 1941 Duning received his architect's certificate to practice in Ohio. He later acquired the right to practice in Kentucky, Illinois, and California.

Duning's work included private residences, hotels and office buildings. He received first prize for the best design for a branch library. Herbert F. Hilmer, one of the partners in the architectural firm where Duning was employed for many years, called Duning's contributions phenomenal. Said Hilmer, "Herbert's deafness was never much of a handicap to his effectiveness as an architect. He communicated easily with clients, builders, and his fellow employees; they all respected him highly and marveled at his ability to read lips and understand as readily as a hearing person. His production was phenomenal. I think he had it all over the rest of us in not having to waste as much time as we did on the telephone."

Hilbert Duning was married to the former Harriet Wilson of Delaware, Ohio, on February 20, 1937. He has a brother, LeRoy, who was also in the architectural field.
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Stella Walker, July 16, 1997, "American Deaf Culture DE 569:01 Unit Plan"
Gallaudet University, Washington, DC


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  • Maintained by: Dorsey Barnes Drane
  • Originally Created by: Auto Graver
  • Added: 21 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 78921395
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hilbert Carl M Duning (16 Aug 1909–4 Aug 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 78921395, citing Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Dorsey Barnes Drane (contributor 47384117) .