2005 Academy Honors Recipients

2005 Academy Honors Recipients


The Academy recognizes individuals who have a distinguished career in hearing with the Career Award in Hearing. Recipients must have devoted more than 20 years of service to the field with significant contribution through research, teaching, clinical service and/or mentoring to the field or a related field to hearing.

Lucille R. Beck, PhDLucille R. Beck, PhD
Lu Beck's innumerable contributions to audiology place her among the best of the best in our profession. Through her efforts, directly and indirectly, she has influenced the path that the profession of audiology has taken and will take in the future. She fought for the acceptance of the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree and continues to fight as it is implemented. The level of private and public hearing health care delivery in the United States has been raised through her labors. She fought for and obtained the right for patients in the VA to seek direct access to audiology services. She is viewed as an expert because of her depth of knowledge, her strong research record, and most notably, because of her vision for hearing health care. Beck's commitment to the field of hearing, the profession of audiology, and the Academy are without parallel.


This award honors audiologists who have had a distinguished career in the field. Recipients must not only be productive researchers but must have made significant contributions to the practice and/or teaching of audiology as well.

Robyn Cox, PhDRobyn Cox, PhD
With over 60 publications, Robyn Cox's work has made long-term significant contributions to the field's clinical and scientific knowledge bases in the broad arena of amplification, and most notably in the area of outcome measures. Her research accomplishments and quality publication record are an outstanding distinguished achievement and further acknowledged by the Ear and Hearing Honorable Mention Award in 1982, the prestigious Ear and Hearing Editor's Award in 1989, Superior Performance in University Research in 1987, 1988, 1992, 1993, and again in 1995, as well as the Shannon Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). She is truly one of an elite group of researchers in the area of hearing aids and patient care.


This award recognizes individuals who have created, developed, implanted and/or directed new programs for the primary purpose of providing the highest caliber of clinical service, clinical research, and/or teaching in audiology.

Dianne H. Meyer, PhDDianne H. Meyer, PhD
In the course of three short years, the first Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program in the State of Illinois was planned, developed, and implemented—largely due to the tireless efforts of Dianne Meyer. While many master's programs were discussing the feasibility and need for an AuD program, Meyer was already effectively creating and designing the AuD program for Rush University. By redefining the curriculum, refocusing her faculty, and utilizing quality clinical practitioners in the community, she set the standard for residential AuD programs. It was through her vision, energy, creativity, and tenacity that the bar for academic and clinical training has been raised.


Clinical educators are honored with this award. Individuals who have a significant impact on the training of student audiologists in the capacity of supervisor or teacher/instructor are recognized.

Rochelle Cherry, EdDRochelle Cherry, EdD
Rochelle Cherry is passionate about her field and instills that passion in her students. She challenges her students to think beyond the textbook, to see beyond the hearing loss, to become advocates for their patients, and to never settle for the status quo. While she is demanding, she is also caring and compassionate. She develops an understanding of each of her students and their lives—inside and outside the academic environment. Cherry has the unique gift to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each student and build on those to develop caring, compassionate and well-educated students/practitioners with the ultimate goal of providing the highest quality service to their patients with hearing impairment. She exemplifies what an educator should be!


An individual who has made a direct humanitarian contribution to society in the realm of hearing is honored with the Humanitarian Award. Recipients have demonstrated direct and outstanding service to humanity in ways that are related to hearing, hearing disability, or deafness.

Gilbert R. Herer, PhDGilbert R. Herer, PhD
It is not surprising that after dedicating his professional life to establishing and providing hearing health care programs to children, Gil Herer has established a hearing program as part of the Special Olympics. The Healthy Hearing Program became part of the Healthy Athlete Program of the Special Olympics through the tireless efforts of Herer. As Global Clinical Coordinator, he has been on the front line at every stage of this program from inception to implementation. Since its beginning in 1999, over 10,000 Special Olympics athletes have had their hearing screened. His dedication and efforts have translated to an important recognition of the influence of hearing status on the lives of athletes who have and will participate in the Special Olympics program throughout the world. Herer's contributions truly reflect someone who has placed the interest of others before his own. Throughout his life he has been dedicated to improving the lives of others, and he is most deserving of this recognition for his humanitarian efforts. - See more at: http://www.audiology.org/about/information/honors/Pages/2005.aspx#sthash.AB6RpnfZ.dpuf