Former Chair to Receive Distinguished Service Award

Posted on: March 11, 2014

Leo-Deal-WPFormer Audiology and Speech Sciences department Chair Leo Deal has been selected to receive the 2014 Distinguished Service Award by the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA). This statewide honor is awarded to individuals who have provided specific acts or contributions serving the communicatively impaired.

Deal was the chair of the Audiology and Speech Sciences department (now the Communicative Sciences and Disorders department) for 12 years, from 1972 to 1984. In addition to teaching and research, he was actively involved in several clinical initiatives to help children and adults with communicative disorders, such as hearing loss, voice disorders, and cleft lip and palate.

His work and generosity left a lasting impact on the department through the endowment he created in his name to support students and faculty seeking professional and educational opportunities to broaden their international understanding and to share ideas with colleagues from around the world.

Early on, Deal recognized the importance of opening students' minds to international experiences in their field. He helped create the CSD Study Abroad program to England, Scotland and Ireland by establishing the Leo Deal Endowment in 1994 for international student and faculty exchange programs, international speakers and researchers visiting MSU's campus, and for participation in international conferences and teleconferences.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the CSD Study Abroad program, which is the longest-running program of its kind in the country thanks to Deal's vision and generosity.

Deal is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He also is a long-time member of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics and a founding member of the Mid-Michigan Oral Cleft and Facial Malformation Consultation Clinic, also known as the Cleft Palate Clinic, located at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich.

Deal will receive the MSHA's Distinguished Service Award at its annual convention March 27-29 in Kalamazoo, Mich. The MSHA provides professional support and development, public awareness and advocacy for professionals in communication sciences and disorders and the individuals they serve.

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