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1986 - Frank Hochman, M.D.

Frank Hochman was born deaf in New York City in 1935. After high school, Hochman went on to the City College of New York, where he earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1958. Hochman wanted to go on to medical school but could not find a school that would accept him because of his deafness, so he worked as a chemist for a number of years for St. Joseph's Hospital in Queens and for the New York Department of Health. Hochman applied to medical schools again in 1971 and was accepted to Rutgers Medical School at the age of 37. He completed his master's degree in 1974 and earned his M.D. in 1976. After completing residencies in two California hospitals, Hochman began private practice. He was the founder of the Society of Hearing Impaired Physicians.

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1987 - Linda Bradford

Linda Bradford was born deaf and attended the John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles, California, at a young age. She was mainstreamed in public schools as a child. Active in sports, she attended California Polytechnic Institute, where she studied physical education and mathematics. She competed in the Deaflympics, winning gold medals in 1969 for track and 1973 for volleyball. After graduating from college, she taught physical education at California State University at Northridge for five years. She returned to graduate school in New Mexico and studied for a doctorate in the computer field. At the time of her Edmund Lyon lecture, Bradford was Associate Systems Programmer and lead operator for Honeywell.

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1988 - Tjoan Tan

After moving from Indonesia to the United States, Tan attended Gallaudet University and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology/social work. Following his undergraduate studies, Tan received his master's degree from Boston University in rehabilitation counseling. Tan's work focused on the counseling and rehabilitation of the Deaf and Deaf-Blind.

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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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