Shirley Childress (1947-2017)

Dr. Shirley Childress, known as the “Mother of Songs Sung”, worked tirelessly as an interpreter and advocate for the Deaf community. Shirley was born in 1947 to Herbert  and Thomasina Childress in Washington D.C. Her father,Herbert became deaf at 6 years old from spinal meningitis. He attended the Tennessee School for the Colored Deaf and… Continue Reading Shirley Childress (1947-2017)

Mark Villaver (1990- )

  Mark Villaver, the YouTube sensation well-known for dancing with his deaf mother, recently took his talents to FOX on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Born July 3rd, 1990 in Honolulu Hawaii,  Mark was the second of four children. His mother Emilia was born in the Philippines in 1968. At the age of two,… Continue Reading Mark Villaver (1990- )

Delight Rice (1883-1964)

Dr. Delia Delight Rice, teacher and missionary, was pivotal in the development of educational facilities in the Philippines in the early twentieth century. Born on July 3rd 1883, Delight was the second of four children. Her parents, Charles and Alice Rice both become deaf at young ages and attended the Ohio School for the Deaf.… Continue Reading Delight Rice (1883-1964)

Heather Gallagher (1985 – )

Heather Gallagher, a family and documentary photographer living in Austin, Texas, draws on her multilingual, biracial background to “tell other peoples’ stories [and] … capture their family in their true dynamic.” Heather was born in Arlington, Virginia on December 16, 1985. She was raised by her parents Tom and Yen Gallagher, with her older brother… Continue Reading Heather Gallagher (1985 – )

John “Stan” Schuchman (1938- 2017 )

Well-known for his role as professor of history at Gallaudet University, John “Stan” Schuchman has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to serving the deaf community. Recently an endowment, made by him and his wife Betty J. Shuchman, ensured the continued study of deaf history through the Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center at Gallaudet. Stan, an only child,… Continue Reading John “Stan” Schuchman (1938- 2017 )

Luella (French) Nyhus (1883-1934)

Daughter of George C. French and Caroline Brown French, Luella Nyhus was an important advocate for deaf citizens in Minnesota in the early twentieth century. She worked closely with deaf organizations to promote the employment of deaf workers in Minnesota and across the United States. In 1916, Nyhus was appointed Superintendent of the Division for… Continue Reading Luella (French) Nyhus (1883-1934)

Alan Champion (1955-2011)

As a well known theatre interpreter, actor, and singer, Alan Champion was frequently referred to as “Mr. Broadway”. His interest in theatre began at a young age. In an interview with Keith Wann, Champion remembered that he was drawn to music and performing as a child (ASL Radio Show). Champion was born July 8, 1955… Continue Reading Alan Champion (1955-2011)

Grace (Gealey) Byers (1984- )

Actress Grace Byers, (née Gealey) is well-known for playing the part of Anika Calhoun in the hit FOX television series “Empire.”  She was born in Butler, Pennsylvania, on July 26, 1984. At the age of two, she moved with her family the Cayman Islands, her mother’s native home. Her father, an American, was born deaf and… Continue Reading Grace (Gealey) Byers (1984- )

Elizabeth Peet (1874-1961)

A third generation educator and administrator, Elizabeth Peet was part of a legacy in Deaf education. Her grandfather, Harvey P. Peet served as principal of the New York Institution for 36 years. Her father, Isaac Lewis Peet grew up at the school and, after attending college, returned as an instructor. While teaching, he met Elizabeth’s… Continue Reading Elizabeth Peet (1874-1961)

Nate Tao (1988- )

As a singer/songwriter, music has played an important role in Nate Tao’s life. His appearance on American Idol Season 12 garnered him international attention. Although he did not win the competition, his “unassuming” persona won him a number of fans and led to the release of his self-titled EP on iTunes. Recently Nate sat down… Continue Reading Nate Tao (1988- )