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Dr. John S. Schuchman, Professor Emeritus passed away on Tuesday, December 19 at age 79, in Ashburn, Virginia, with his wife, Dr. Betty J. "BJ" Schuchman, at his side. In his 34 years at Gallaudet, Dr. Schuchman served as a faculty member in the Department of History, Dean of the College, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Provost.
John Stanley "Stan" Schuchman was born on November 12, 1938 in Indianapolis, Indiana, to the late Harry and Florence Schuchman. A hearing child of deaf adults, he was a native user of American Sign Language. He earned his bachelor's degree from Butler University in 1961, and his Master of Science degree and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Indiana University in 1963 and 1969, respectively.
Schuchman also earned the degree of Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 1968. In 1967, while at Georgetown, he traveled from Northwest Washington, DC to the Northeast quadrant of the city to visit Gallaudet's campus and seek employment. He was hired that very day as a faculty member in the Department of History, beginning his long association with the university.
Donations in Dr. Schuchman's memory may be made to the Drs. John S. and Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center at Gallaudet University or the fund of your choice.
Gallaudet University is a federally chartered private and premier university for the deaf and hard of hearing since 1864.
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