Audiology Foundation of America
The Audiology Foundation of America, Lafayette, Ind, honored Gretchen Syfert, Laurie Allen, and Jenny Rainwater at a dinner before their August graduation from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.

 Nancy Green, AuD, center, presents AFA awards to Laurie Allen, left, and Gretchen Syfert.

The awards were presented by faculty from the school, including Nancy Green, AuD, who was in the Arizona School of Health Sciences’ first graduating class, and has been an adjunct faculty member since. She serves on the AFA advisory committee.

Syfert was awarded for her volunteer efforts in national audiology organizations as well as AuD classroom leadership in auditory processing assessment.

Allen’s award recognized her expertise and leadership in ensuring that quality audiology services are accessible to children, and her work with state and national audiology efforts.

Rainwater was honored for defending audiology’s transition to the AuD for professional entry, and showing leadership in the military audiology setting.

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As of August 2005, this graduation class of 123 new Doctors of Audiology brings the nationwide total to more than 2900.

The AFA also announced the winners of its Outstanding AuD Student Scholarships for 2005-2006. Second year AuD students Jill C. Bernstein, University at Buffalo, and Laura Demetree, University of Florida, will each receive a $4500 scholarship. Third year AuD students Sarah A. Sydlowski, University of Louisville, and Amy Winston, Rush University, will also receive $4500 scholarships.

The Outstanding AuD Student Scholarships, funded by a grant from the Oticon Foundation, were established to recognize and support AuD students. For more information, contact

Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology
Brent Spehar, Washington University, was selected as the recipient of the Herbert J. Oyer Student Research Award for his research paper submission, “Intra- and Inter-modal Integration in Young and Older Adults.” He received a one-year membership to the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, Minneapolis, free registration to the 2005 ARA Institute, where he presented his paper, and a $1000 cash award.

The Herbert J. Oyer Research Award was established in 2001 by the ARA executive board to honor Herbert J. Oyer, PhD, a charter member of the academy and a leader in audiology rehabilitation. It was designed to recognize students completing exemplary research and to advance the area of auditory rehabilitation. For more information, contact (412) 383-6537;

Hyman Goldberg
 Hyman Goldberg, 87, died at his home in San Diego on August 27. Born in Brooklyn, NY, on January 21, 1918, he was one of three children of Joseph and Eva Goldberg. He lived in the New York area, Minneapolis, Chicago, and finally, for over 30 years, in San Diego.

For more than 50 years, Goldberg worked to help the deaf and hard of hearing. He is known for his pioneering work in wide dynamic range compression (WDRC) and his “Computer” hearing aids. Goldberg was employed at Zenith, a manufacturer of hearing instruments, and was the founder and research director of Dyn-Aura Engineering. He was influential in many facets of the hearing industry, particularly in engineering and his work within the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) during the 1970s.

“During the time Hy was employed at Zenith, we spent many enjoyable rap sessions talking about the hearing aid industry,” says Robert Briskey, a long-time educator and hearing industry leader. “He was a warm, generous man sharing his knowledge freely.”

Although he never received a high school diploma, Goldberg authored three patents, all having to do with hearing aids and audiometry. During World War II, he served as the supervising engineer in charge of sonar maintenance at the New York Naval Base. Later in the 1940s, he became known as the “Wonder Boy of TV” because of his chain of installation and repair centers in the New York area. It was in response to a mother who asked him in 1953 to help her deaf daughter hear a record player that he became interested in acoustics and hearing.

Those who knew him describe him as a very opinionated man, passionate in expressing his views—both political and technical. His creativity and endless exploration of the “way things work” was an inspiration to many.

“He was a brilliant man who was quite influential in the engineering of hearing aids as well as in the general events within the industry,” says Marjorie D. Skafte, former editor-emeritus of Hearing Instruments magazine and former editorial director of The Hearing Review. Skafte says Goldberg was a person who could always be relied upon to provide interesting, far-forward thinking and viewpoints. For example, his articles in HI ranged from “Hearing Aid Compression Amplification for Hearing Impaired Children” (June 1974) to “Predictable Earmold Modifications” (Dec 1976) and “The Universal Earmold” (Dec 1978).

“Hy was a real pioneer in our field,” says David Preves, an influential hearing instrument engineer in his own right who works for Starkey Laboratories. “I first became familiar with him for his early work in multi-band compression circuitry with very low compression thresholds. He also did some early modeling [research] on explaining how hearing aid venting works.”

Goldberg is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frieda, four children, and five grandchildren. His family has requested that any donations in his name be made to: The Lexington School for the Deaf, 30th Ave and 75th St, Jackson Heights, NY 11370; (718) 350-3300.

Hayes A. Newby
 Hayes A. Newby, PhD, died May 20 in Leesburg, Fla, at the age of 91. He was born April 2, 1914, in Marion, Ohio, to Alva Wilbur Newby and Mary Hayes Newby.

Newby graduated from Harding High School in Marion, Ohio, in 1931, received an AB from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1935, an MA in 1941, and a PhD in 1947 from the University of Iowa.

At Ohio Wesleyan, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Theta Alpha Phi honorary fraternities. In 1936, he married Jean Louise Herbert of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. During World War II, Newby served as a lieutenant in the Navy, where he was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the December 7, 1941 attack.

Newby was on the faculty at Stanford University from 1947-1967, where he was the director of the department of speech and hearing. He taught at Queens College of the City University of New York from 1967-1969, and the University of Maryland, College Park, from 1969-1979, where he retired as Professor Emeritus of Hearing and Speech Sciences.

Newby was a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, serving as its president in 1964, and the Acoustical Society of America. During his career, Newby served as a consultant to the Veterans Administration, the Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Administration, and the Federal Office of Education. In 1958, his classic textbook, Audiology, was published and it has served as the textbook for generations of audiology students. It is currently in its sixth edition. He also moderated the TV show Doctor’s News Conference for eight years.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, three children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Doreen Pollack Kreh
Doreen Pollack Kreh died June 8, 2005, at the age of 84. She was born March 16, 1921, in Birmingham, England.

Kreh, a speech and hearing expert, determined that a high number of infants diagnosed as deaf had some residual hearing that could be developed. She worked to make sure the child had a hearing aid, and taught them how to listen instead of read lips. Kreh also taught children how to pay attention to certain sounds. Speech therapy lessons were used to help the child learn intonation. Many of her methods are still used today.

She earned a degree in speech pathology and audiology from London University. In 1945, she moved to the United States after her marriage to Eric Pollack. Kreh later studied at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

Kreh worked at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Denver. She then became director of speech and hearing services at Porter Adventist Hospital.

Health problems plagued Kreh throughout her life: polio, kidney disease, and breast and bladder cancer, all of which she struggled against valiantly. She is survived by her husband, Eldon Kreh; children Naomi Cohen and Douglas Pollack; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Eric Pollack, and her son Geoffrey Pollack.