Marie Philip

Advocate and teacher

Born into a Deaf family, Marie Jean Philip was the eldest of three Deaf sisters. After graduating from Gallaudet College with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, she became research assistant in Northeastern University’s new ASL program, working there from 1974 to 1987. She set up the Bilingual-Bicultural program at The Learning Center for Deaf Children in Framingham, Massachusetts, in 1985, becoming full-time Bilingual-Bicultural Coordinator in 1988, a position she held until her untimely death. She earned her B.A. in Linguistics in 1984, and was working towards her Master’s and doctorate in Deaf Education when she died. An innovative teacher of ASL, Deaf Culture, Deaf History, and ASL Literature, she was a beloved storyteller to her students, a popular lecturer and presenter, and a tireless advocate for Deaf people in and outside of the U.S.A.

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