Daniel R. Boone, PhD, CCC-SLP, 1927-2018

Dan Boone, PhD, CCC-SLP, beloved clinician, mentor, friend, and a life-time member of ArSHA died on October 27. Dr. Boone was Professor Emeritus, The University of Arizona (1988-present), and was a practicing master clinician up until his death. He is well-known for his contributions to the field of speech-language pathology, publishing over 100 professional articles and 18 books. The Voice and Voice Therapy is in its soon-to-be-released 10th edition. His most recent book, Trouble Talking, is a personal narrative that describes communication disorders of 40 of his most memorable patients. During his career, he served as the Vice President and President of ASHA (1976) and received Fellowship and Honors of the Association (1984). Throughout his career, Dr. Boone remained active with ArSHA, serving on committees and presenting often at ArSHA conventions. He was the Key Note on more than one occasion. Dr. Boone was the recipient of the Honors of the Association (1978) and of the Marilyn Quintana Moline Mentorship Award (2003).

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 10 am to be followed by a lunch reception at Grace Community Church, 9755 North La Cholla Blvd, in Tucson.

Dr. Boone, we will miss your guidance, your humor, and the mastery of your work.

Remembering Noel Matkin (1932-2016)

Picture of Noel Matkin

ArSHA was saddened to learn that Noel Matkin, PhD, CCC-A, F-ASHA, passed away July 4, 2016. Dr. Matkin was a clinical scientist who drove the field of pediatric audiology to new heights. He was a mentor and leader, and gave wholeheartedly to Tucson and its citizens.

Dr. Matkin earned his BS in Speech Pathology from Wichita State University in 1954. He went on to earn his MA and PhD in Audiology in 1959 and 1965 respectively from Northwestern University. Dr. Matkin came to the University of Arizona in 1979 as Professor and Director of Children’s Hearing Clinics. He became a Professor Emeritus in 1999 and continued working at the UA until 2007. His major field of interest was pediatric audiology, and he enjoyed evaluation, differential diagnosis, amplification, and audiologic habilitation, including parent support services. Dr. Matkin was a long-time member of ArSHA and a former Programs Chair.

Dr. Matkin earned many awards during his professional and volunteer career, including the AAA Clinical Educator Award (2000), the Fredrich S. Berg Education Audiology Award from the Educational Audiology Association (1996), and the Five-Star Faculty Teaching Award from the U of A Honors Center (1993). He was awarded the Arizona Human Rights Fund’s Statewide Activist Award, and recently received the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona’s Civic Leadership Award.

Services will be held Saturday, July 30, at 4:00 pm at St. Philip's in the Foothills in Tucson, AZ.

Elizabeth Prather, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Emeritus Professor and former ArSHA Board Member, dies peacefully at the age of 84

Elizabeth Prather

Prather, Ph.D., Elizabeth (Moodie) Age 84 Elizabeth Moodie Prather passed away peacefully on September 17, 2014 from kidney failure at her home surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband, Bill, after 55 years of marriage. She was born in West Point, Nebraska on March 14, 1930 where she grew up. She was a third generation Nebraskan and the daughter of attorney, Robert R. Moodie and Clara Dickerson Moodie. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Speech Pathology from the University of Iowa. Elizabeth was a research associate at the University of Iowa and then Professor of Speech and Hearing Science specializing in child language development at the University of Washington from 1964-1976 and later at Arizona State University from 1978-1991. She retired as Emeritus Professor from ASU in 1991 and was active in the Emeritus College from that date. She received the Honors of both the Washington and Arizona Speech and Hearing Associations and was elected Fellow of the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association. She was the author of many scientific articles, a popular guest lecturer at other universities and professional organizations, and is well-known for her co-authorship of the Sequenced Inventory of Language Development (SICD), a nationally recognized test for preschool children from birth through age four. She later helped translate the test into Yupik for Eskimos in Alaska, where she was a consultant for several years. For over 63 years she was a member of PEO, a national philanthropic organization devoted to supporting higher education for women. Elizabeth was thoroughly devoted to her family and a gentle, gracious soul who was a blessing to all who knew her. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, Ann Foster (Wendell) of Pasadena, CA, and Tom Prather (Kris) of Falcon Heights, MN, and four grandchildren, Claire and Kevin Foster and Ben and Dan Prather, brother, Robert "Dick" Moodie of West Point, Nebraska. Her parents and sister, Mary Wood, predeceased her. MEMORIAL SERVICES will be held on Saturday, October 4 at 2pm at Beatitudes Campus Life Center, 1610 W Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor are suggested to the Beatitudes Campus Foundation, 1610 W Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021, or Hospice of the Valley.