Robert F. Panara
Robert Panara in 2007
|Born||July 8, 1920|
|Died||July 20, 2014(aged 94)|
Robert F. Panara (8 July 1920 - 20 July 2014) was a poet, a professor and a co-founder of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and the National Theater of the Deaf. Panara is considered to be a pioneer in deaf culture studies in the United States.
Panara was born in 1920 in The Bronx of New York City, and lost his hearing as a child from spinal meningitis. After high school, he attended and graduated from Gallaudet College (now Gallaudet University).
Panara was very interested in the theater and developed some of the first plays for deaf actors and audiences. He was instrumental in founding the National Theater of the Deaf in connection with the American School for the Deaf.
My ears are deaf, and yet I seem to hear
Sweet nature's music and the songs of man,
For I have learned from Fancy's artisan
How written words can thrill the inner ear..
From "On His Deafness"
On His Deafness and Other Melodies Unheard (1997)
Notes and references
- "Deaf educator and pioneer Robert Panara dies at 94". The State. South Carolina. Associated Press (AP). 22 July 2014. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014.
- "Obituary: Robert Panara". The Economist. 2 August 2014. Archived from the original on 1 August 2014.
- Langer, Emily (23 July 2014). "Robert Panara, writer, poet, professor and pioneer of deaf studies, dies at 94". The Washington Post.
- "Advisers are Named for Deaf Institute". The New York Times. 5 December 1965.
- NTID was established by an act of Congress in 1965 and is part of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
- Panara, Robert F. (1997). On His Deafness and Other Melodies Unheard. Rochester, New York: Deaf Life Press. ISBN 978-0-9634016-5-6.
- Baadke, Michael (17 March 2017). "Meet Robert Panara, the latest subject of a Distinguished Americans stamp". Linn's Stamp News. Archived from the original on 17 March 2017.
- Panara, Robert (1997). On His Deafness and Other Melodies Unheard. Rochester, New York: Deaf Life Press.
- Goodman, James (22 July 2014). "Panara both inspired and popularized deaf culture". Democrat and Chronicle. Archived from the original on 22 March 2017.
- Lang, Harry G. (2007). Teaching from the Heart and Soul: The Robert F. Panara Story. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press. ISBN 978-1-56368-358-9.