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Interview with Sue Earnest Ph.D., 1973

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Interview with Sue Earnest Ph.D., 1973
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Interviewer: Marriott, Lois I.
An oral history conducted by Lois Marriott, with former San Diego State University Professor Sue Earnest on November 29, 1973.

In 1947 Doctor Earnest returned to her alma matter, San Diego State College, to teach English, Psychology and Speech. She also spearheaded the development of a Speech and Hearing Clinic in 1950, and in 1952 she began her eighteen-year tenure as the chair of the Speech Pathology and Audiology Department. Under her direction, the department acquired accreditation from the American Speech and Hearing Association and began offering a master's degree and doctorate in Speech Pathology. The department was also the first on the West Coast to become certified as a training center and community service provider. Sue Earnest retired in 1973. She died on November 8, 2007.

Earnest's oral history documents her memories growing up in San Diego and her education at San Diego State College before it transferred to the new site on Montezuma Mesa. Of particular interest is Doctor Earnest's account of the creation of the speech department when she began teaching at San Diego State.
Sue Earnest; Sue Wolfer; Dr. Sue; Lois Marriott; Oral Histories; Interviews; Speech Pathology and Audiology Department; American Speech and Hearing Association; San Diego State College; University of Southern California; Walter Hepner; Lester Earnest; Arthur Peterson; Sybil Eliza Jones; Deborah Smith; Treble Clef; Women's rowing clubs; Cowles Mountain; Women's Athletic Association; Irving Outcalt; Edward L. Hardy
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