One of the Audiology Foundation of America (AFA) founding members, Anita Pikus, AuD, passed away on July 1. A scholarship fund has been set up through the AFA in her memory.

In an AFA news release, Pikus was characterized as a practitioner scientist, who spent much of her career researching and developing protocols for rare and genetic diseases affecting the ear and hearing. According to the AFA, she played a key role as an advisor in formulating the policies and development of the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders, and was the founder and first director of the Audiology Clinic at the National Institutes of Health.

Pikus was teaching in the distance education programs at the time of her death. She was avidly concerned that audiology developed into a doctoral profession and was a strong advocate for the AFA’s mission to make this a reality.

To donate to the Anita Pikus, Au.D. Memorial Scholarship fund, please visit their site

Source: Audiology Foundation of America