In Memoriam: Sadanand Singh, PhD (1934-2010)
The Academy and the American Academy of Audiology Foundation lost a great friend of audiology with the passing of Sadanand Singh, PhD, on February 27. Dr. Singh was a generous supporter of the AAA Foundation having funded the James Jerger Conference Room in the Academy’s Capitol Hill office and through his annual gift to the Student Research Forum Awards Program. He was also the 2006 recipient of the American Academy of Audiology’s Lybarger Award for Achievement in Industry.
Though Dr. Singh was a respected university educator, he was best known as a publisher. Audiologists need only look at their bookshelves to see the numerous titles published by College-Hill Press, Singular Publishing Group, and Plural Publishing, Inc., to realize the magnitude of the contribution Dr. Singh made to the education of those in the profession.
Sadanand Singh was born in 1934 in the State of Bihar in India. Predestined to be a farmer in the fields of Bihar, he credited the written word and his love of books with getting him out of the field and launching a career as a speech scientist and, eventually, a publisher.
Dr. Singh earned two doctorate degrees, one in Aesthetics from Ranchi University and the other in Speech and Hearing Science from the Ohio State University. From there, he launched a very distinguished career as a speech scientist, with appointments as professor at Ohio University and professor and chairman at Howard University, at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, and later at San Diego State University. He was highly regarded as a scientist and educator, and he had numerous related accomplishments and awards.
Among Dr. Singh’s most cherished accomplishments was that of being an author. He published a number of important books in his early career, including a notable treatise on phonetics, which is now in its third edition. It was Singh’s experience as an author that lead him naturally into his other career, that of publisher.
In 1980, Dr. Singh founded College-Hill Press. College-Hill Press quickly became one of the largest publishers in the speech and hearing sciences field with over 250 titles. Following personal tragedy, he sold College-Hill Press to Time, Inc., under the Little-Brown holdings. Dr. Singh rebounded several years later, and, in 1990, he created Singular Publishing Group. In eight short years, Singular held in print over 350 titles and seven journals.
Dr. Singh tried to retire from publishing in 1999 when he sold Singular to Thomson Delmar (now Delmar Cengage). In his retirement, however, he founded ContentScan, a company that created an internet-based literature search program, and in 2004, he and his wife Angie founded Plural Publishing in response to the needs of many of his former authors. Today, Plural Publishing has a growing library in speech, language, dysphagia, singing, otolaryngology, and audiology.
Dr. Singh’s contributions as a book publisher have had an enormous impact on audiology through the dissemination of knowledge to students and practitioners in the hearing and speech professions. The entire profession of audiology owes Sadanand Singh a debt of gratitude for his spectacular generosity and boundless energy devoted to its enlightenment.
Dr. Singh leaves behind Angie, his wife of 20 years, his 13-year- old twins Sapna and Sanjay, children Samir, Kalpana, Meena, Sheila and Munni, a large and loving family, and numerous friends and colleagues in the audiology community.