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Descriptive SummaryRepository: Gallaudet University Archives Call No.: MSS 18Creator: Title: Papers of Donald J. Kidd, 1943-1966Quantity: 2.5 Linear Feet (5 document boxes) Abstract: Note: This document last updated 2006 January 3.Administrative Information Acquisition Information: Unknown.Processed by: Nora L. McCabe. 1994 October 20. Processing Note: Conditions on Use and Access: This collection is open to the public with no restrictions. Photocopies may be made for scholarly research.
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Biographical SketchDr. Donald James Kidd was born on June 9, 1922 in Nordegg, Alberta, Canada and grew up in McKenzie Island, Ontario. He was the elder of two sons born to George H. Kidd and the former Ruth Stewart. Deaf since 9 months of age, probably from double pneumonia, Dr. Kidd was a product of the oral method. He did not learn sign language until 1943-1944. He was educated at both Canadian and New York oral schools, graduating from Kenora High School, Kenora, Ontario, Canada in 1941. Dr. Kidd did all of his postsecondary work at the University of Toronto - B.A. (1945) and M.A. (1946) in chemical engineering, and Ph.D. (1951) in geochemistry. He is believed to be the first deaf Canadian to receive a doctorate. Following graduation, Dr. Kidd had a distinguished career as a geologist and geochemist. He served as a research geologist with the Geophysical Engineering & Surveys Co. of Ontario, and later as a consulting geologist for the Arctic Institute of North America, among other companies. In 1956, he became a geochemist for the Research Council of Alberta at the University of Toronto. Dr. Kidd joined the Gallaudet faculty in 1961 as an instructor of mathematics in the preparatory department. Three years later, in 1964, he was promoted to assistant professor of physics. Dr. Kidd was married to the former Mary Jessie Campbell, a hearing woman, and adopted two children - Ronald Allan, who was deaf, and Julia Margaret. Dr. Kidd passed away on September 10, 1966 from a heart attack at the age of 44. Scope and ContentThe papers of Dr. Donald J. Kidd are comprised primarily of his correspondence, which date from 1943 to 1966. Correspondence notes from 1943 to 1951 are related to Dr. Kidd's student days at the University of Toronto. Correspondence from 1951 to 1961 deal with his field work in geology and geochemistry. Correspondence from 1961 to 1966 covers his tenure on the faculty of Gallaudet University as an instructor in mathematics and physics.
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