Lu Beck Receives Howard E. “Rocky” Stone Humanitarian Award
Lucille B. Beck, PhD, a founding Academy member, is currently the deputy chief patient care services officer for Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services in the Office of Patient Care Services, Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Beck received the Howard E. "Rocky" Stone Humanitarian Award at the Hearing Loss Assocation of America's (HLAA) recent convention in Washington, DC. The award was presented by Founding Family Member Alice Marie Stone during the Capital Banquet on Saturday, June 25.
The recipient of this prestigious award is selected by the HLAA Board of Trustees to honor an outgoing or past trustee for his or her extraordinary contributions toward the furtherance of the objectives and personal exemplification of the philosophy envisioned by Howard E. Stone, founder of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH). Rocky founded SHHH in 1979, now known as the Hearing Loss Association of America.
HLAA Board Chairperson Margaret Wallhagen, PhD, commented, “Dr. Beck was the first professional to serve on the Board of Trustees. At the time (1989) she was chief of audiology and speech pathology services at the VA. Rocky appointed her to address the technology issues and the determinants of quality for professional services. He also needed help with legislation to address telecoils and TV captioning, and he wanted the Board to have access to professionals who could advise on technology. She chaired the first session given at the SHHH Convention with representatives from the hearing aid industry where topics such as cost, size, telecoils, and technology needs were addressed. Dr. Beck’s involvement created a path forward for consumers to tell the industry what they needed.”
The Academy proudly recognizes Dr. Beck for her contributions to HLAA.