Statement from RIT/NTID President Gerry Buckley on the passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Male student, Pres. Buckley, Cong. Slaughter, two female students.

The entire RIT/NTID community is saddened by the loss of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. Congresswoman Slaughter was a scientist, a legislator, and a steadfast supporter of the Deaf community in Rochester and throughout the country. She was the embodiment of someone who 'lived her truth.'

Recognizing the unique value of RIT/NTID’s mission in educating deaf and hard-of-hearing students, Congresswoman Slaughter was a staunch advocate for funding for our college. She received the RIT Presidential Medallion in 2010 in honor of her support for NTID and for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. She was an honorary member of NTID's National Advisory Group, helped launch our Task Force on Health Care Careers for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community, worked in support of the Americans with Disabilities Act, supported legislation that requires captions on TV programs and more.

Visiting her in Washington or Rochester, either alone or with students, her dedication to helping ensure that deaf and hard-of-hearing young people would have access to higher education was always evident. She was delighted to meet with our students and learn about their plans for the future, insisting they call her "Louise" and letting them know they had a friend and advocate in our nation's capital.  

We will miss her greatly.


Read the official statement from Congresswoman Slaughter's office.