Jay W. Sanders Biographical File

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Sanders, Jay W. (1924-2002). Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

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Dr. Jay W. Sanders, nationally-known teacher, scholar, clinician in the field of audiology, and professor emeritus in the Vanderbilt Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, died in 2002 at the age of 77. Beloved and respected by professionals, former students, friends and family alike, Dr. Sanders contributions to the art of teaching, research, and clinical service in audiology are legendary.

Sanders was born in Maryland and grew up in North Carolina. He served as a navy fighter pilot during World War II. His distinguished college career began at the University of North Carolina, where held membership in Phi Beta Kappa and received his bachelors degree. He received his masters degree from Columbia University, his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri, and spent two years at Northwestern University doing post-doctoral work in audiology. His academic studies ran the gamut from radio and television, to speech and drama, to audiology. He felt that his range of study proved to be a plus and not a minus in his future pursuits in teaching, lecturing, writing, and research.

In 1964 Dr. Sanders came to Vanderbilt as director of research at Bill Wilkerson Center and held professorial positions at Vanderbilt Department of Hearing and Speech and Peabody College. Audiologists remember him for his subsequent work in the areas of masking, impedance audiometry, evoked response, and for his numerous scholarly publications in diagnostic audiology and his undisputed reputation as a master teacher. He retired in 1987 as professor emeritus. Among the many honors bestowed upon him by professional organizations to which he belonged were the honors from two state associations, the New Jersey Speech and Hearing Association and the Tennessee Speech-Language-Association and Fellowship in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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