Frank R. Kleffner Papers


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Frank R. Kleffner Papers



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Frank Kleffner (October 22, 1925 - June 12, 2015), after serving in World War II, received his Ph.D. in sppech pathology from the University of Wisconsin in 1952. That same year, he joined the staff of the Central Institute for the Deaf, where he worked for 24 years. He served as the Director of the Speech Pathology Department from 1965 to 1973, and as the CID Director of Clinics from 1973 to 1976. He joined the faculty of the Washington University School of Dentistry as an Assistant Professor of Speech Pathology in 1954 and became a full professor in 1965. In 1976 he left CID and Washington University to become the Director of the Institute of Logopedics (now Heartspring) in Wichita, Kansas, where he worked until his retirement in 1991.

Kleffner’s work focused on assisting children with communication disorders. In 1957, with William M. Landau, MD, professor and later director of the Department of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine, he identified and described Landau-Kleffner syndrome, a rare disorder in which children lose the ability to speak and respond to language.

Kleffner served as the president for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in 1970, and then as the president for the ASHFoundation from 1981-1985. He received ASHA Honors, the highest award given by the association, in 1985.

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