In Memoriam: William “Bill” Rintelmann

In Memoriam: William “Bill” Rintelmann

April 11, 2017 / By Frank Musiek In Memoriam

The discipline of hearing and many individually are saddened to hear that one of the pioneers in our field William “Bill” Rintelmann passed away on August 21, 2016, at his home in Carefree, Arizona.

His exemplary academic career in audiology started with his graduation from Arizona State College, followed by MA and PhD degrees from Indiana University. Bill took off time from his academic career to serve as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Field Artillery for three years. He was the first post-doctoral student in audiology in the United States working with Raymond Carhart at Northwestern University in the early1960s. Bill chaired audiology departments at The University of Pennsylvania and Wayne State University. He also served on faculties at the University of North Dakota, Northwestern and Michigan State Universities. He retired from Wayne State University in 1995.

His many contributions to the field included key investigations on word recognition tests, various aspects of diagnostic audiology, and was perhaps the first audiologist directly involved in functional imaging studies at Brookhaven Labs back in 1979. Bill is credited with over 80 articles in scientific and professional journals as well as 14 book chapters. He also edited or co-edited four popular textbooks in audiology that included first and second editions of Hearing Assessment, in 1979 and 1991, Principles of Speech Audiometry, in 1983 and Contemporary Perspectives of Hearing Assessment in 1999.

In 1997 he received the “Career Award in Hearing” from the American Academy of Audiology, a fitting tribute to his many contributions to audiology. Bill was a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a member of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, and he served eight years on the Executive Committee of the American Auditory Society. Bill was a consummate teacher providing vivid historical accounts of important aspects of audiology to his students, many of which have become leaders in the field.  Moreover, he was a kind and dear friend to many students and professionals in speech and hearing generously sharing his time, expertise and guidance over many years. He will be dearly missed.

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