Powrie Vaux Doctor
(8/7/1903—7/31/1971)

Teacher

A native of Scotch Plains, Belleville, Kansas, Dr. Doctor began his teaching career as Assistant Instructor at University of Kansas in 1927. He earned a B.A. in English at University of Kansas (1928), an M.A in Political Science at George Washington University (1930), another M.A. at Gallaudet College (1931), and a Ph.D. in Political Science at Georgetown University (1940). He joined the Gallaudet faculty in 1928 as an instructor (later professor) in English and history, and became an internationally known authority on the education of deaf people. He was one of the most beloved members of the Gally faculty. After his death (which occurred while attending the WFD’s Sixth World Congress in Paris), the Powrie V. Doctor Chair of Deaf Studies was established at Gallaudet.

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