2002 - Nancy Oyos Rourke

Nancy Oyos Rourke was raised in San Diego, California. After high school she attended NTID/RIT. She was a cross-registered student in RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences with a graphic design major and a painting/illustration minor. Rourke continued on to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree in computer graphics design from RIT. She has worked for Xerox, IBM, and Microsoft. Rourke's Lyon lecture covered the topic, "Succeeding in the Competitive Workplace."

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1999 - James Macfadden

Born hard of hearing in Hollywood, California, James "Jim" Macfadden attended hearing schools throughout his primary and secondary education and relied on lip reading. After high school, Macfadden attended Gallaudet College, where he majored in economics. Upon graduation in 1962, Macfadden was employed as a computer programmer and moved up the career ladder to eventually become a division manager. In 1986, Macfadden started his own company that provided computer services and consulting.

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1997 - Jelica Bruer Nuccio

Born in Croatia, Jelica Nuccio moved to Alabama as a child. There, her parents enrolled her in the Alabama School for the Deaf. Nuccio's parents disliked having their daughter communicate in ASL, a language they did not understand, so they sent her to the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis for oral training and later to a mainstream high school. Following high school, Nuccio went on to RIT, where she received her bachelor's degree in biology, and then to Emory University, where she earned a master's degree in behavioral services and health education. At the time of her Lyon lecture, Nuccio was a cryogenic technologist at the Emory Genetic Laboratory as well as a project officer for the Centers of Disease Control. Her Lyon lecture was titled "Breaking Barriers: Trailblazing in the Scientific Field."

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1995 - Raymond Conrad

Raymond "Ray" Conrad earned a bachelor's degree from RIT in business administration in 1981. He went on to the University of Maryland, where he completed graduate studies in Management Information Systems and then received an MBA degree. In 1995, when Conrad was invited to present for the Edmund Lyon Memorial Lectureship series, he was an office technology consultant for Hewlett-Packard. Conrad was a chairperson of Hewlett-Packard's deaf and hard-of-hearing employee network and is a strong advocate for barrier-free work environments.

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1992 - Kathryn Woodcock

Kathryn Woodcock received her Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Applied Science degrees from the University of Waterloo in Canada, with a specialization in human systems design. For eight years Woodcock was Vice President of Hospital Services at Centenary Hospital in Scarborough, Ontario. At the time of her Edmund Lyon lecture, Woodcock was a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto in the Department of Industrial Engineering. She was also the first deaf president of the Canadian Hearing Society and a founding member of the Canadian Deafened Persons Association. Her work deals with breaking down barriers by designing systems in public and private spaces to accommodate people with disabilities.

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1990 - Farid Bozorgi

Born in Iran in 1947, Farid Bozorgi contracted polio as a child, which left him deaf. With limited educational options after elementary school, he practiced his artistic skills by drawing from magazines. His artistic abilities impressed Iranian Princess Shams, who gifted Bozorgi a plane ticket to the United States and money to continue his education. Bozorgi enrolled in the Detroit School for the Deaf and learned ASL. Later he attended NTID, where he studied communication design. After graduating from RIT in 1976, Bozorgi gained employment as a Senior Commercial Artist at Lockheed Aeronautical Systems. He died in California in December 1990, soon after his Lyon lecture at NTID.

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