Loy Golladay


A native Virginian, Loy Golladay was deafened by spinal meningitis at age 8. He attended West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Romney, and entered Gallaudet College when he was only 15. After graduating in 1934, he returned to WVSDB to teach. In 1941, he became editor-owner-publisher of the Cass County Tribune in Wells Fargo, North Dakota. In 1942, he moved to Connecticut, teaching at ASD and editing its publication, The American Era, for 20 years. He earned Master’s degrees from Gallaudet in 1942 and University of Hartford in 1957, and a doctorate from Gallaudet in 1981. After NTID opened in 1969, Bob Panara recruited him to teach English. During his 15-year stint at NTID, he won several awards, including the coveted Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching (1976). He retired in 1984, a popular, even legendary teacher. He was also a fine poet and storyteller, with a great sense of humor.

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