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NIDCD's Naunton Is Mourned
Dr. Ralph F. Naunton, former director of the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, died on Feb. 28 of heart failure at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. Under his leadership, NIDCD began supporting research in the development of cochlear implants, the neural prosthesis used by some deaf people to hear.
Naunton received international recognition for his contributions to the science of hearing and balance. He served as president of the American Auditory Society. He was a fellow of many professional associations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. He was on the boards of many organizations, including the Deafness Research Foundation, the American Otological Society, the Better Hearing Institute and the International Hearing Foundation. He was a member of the international Collegium Otorhinolaryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum, as well as numerous other professional organizations.
Naunton is survived by his wife Natasha, two sons, Phillip and David Naunton, both of Chicago, and a daughter, Angelique Cofield of Chevy Chase.
A memorial service was held on Mar. 3. Tributes in Naunton's honor may be made to further the research and education that was his life's work and passion. Contributions may be sent to the Deafness Research Foundation, 1050 17th St., NW, Suite 701, Washington, D.C. 20036, www.drf.org. (202) 289-5850.
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