Marion Downs Honored as “Great Colorado Woman” with Video Tribute

More than 18 months in the making, a video tribute recently aired on Rocky Mountain PBS honoring Marion Downs as a “Great Colorado Woman”. The tribute focused on her life and many scientific contributions.  The esteemed “Mother of Pediatric Audiology”, was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 2006. Downs, who was an…

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Justin Osmond runs 250 miles to help kids get hearing aids

  ST. GEORGE, UTAH—After running 250 miles over eight days through wind and cold, hail and snow, up steep mountain roads that reached nearly 8000 feet in altitude, a physically and emotionally spent Justin Osmond crossed the finish line in St. George on Saturday, May 9, arms raised in triumph. There to meet the celebrated…

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NPR joins the audiology world in celebrating the life of Marion Downs

  DENVER—As 2014 drew to a close, National Public Radio paid tribute to the late Dr. Marion Downs as someone whose life’s story deserved to be better known than it had been. On the December 28 broadcast of the program All Things Considered, the NPR reporter Becky Sullivan noted that until the past 20 years…

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As promised, Marion Downs’s legacy in pediatric audiology lives on

  SOUTHAMPTON, UK–When Marion Downs died on November 13 at the age of 100, her long-time colleague, friend, and co-author, Jerry Northern, wrote, “She leaves a legacy that will forever be remembered for her many, many contributions to the field of audiology.” The truth of that statement, which was echoed by many other audiologists in…

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Marion Downs, acclaimed as “mother of pediatric audiology,” dies at 100

By David H. Kirkwood Marion Downs, the beloved and revered audiologist who largely invented the field of pediatric audiology, died on November 13 in Dana Point, California, 10 months after her 100th birthday. Dr. Downs’s trailblazing work, begun in the early 1960s at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (UC School of Medicine), showed the…

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Marion Downs, the First Lady of Audiology, is feted on her 100th birthday

By Jerry Northern More than 600 exuberant attendees gathered in Denver on January 26 to honor and celebrate the 100th birthday of the First Lady of Audiology, Dr. Marion Downs. Marion Downs is the internationally acclaimed audiologist who, among her many significant contributions to helping persons with hearing loss, brought attention to the importance of…

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100th birthday gala for Marion Downs will feature vocals by Donny Osmond

Marion Downs has always been ahead of her time. Sixty years ago, as a junior faculty member in audiology at the University of Denver, she was fitting hearing aids on six-month-olds, something that virtually no one else believed could be done. In 1963, Dr. Downs opened the nation’s first universal infant hearing screening program in…

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