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Dr. Audrey Ann Simmons-Martin

Audrey Ann Simmons-Martin, a retired educator and former program director at the Central Institute for the Deaf, died Saturday (April 15, 2006) at Lutheran Convalescent Home in Webster Groves.  She was 87 and a former resident of Kirkwood.

Mrs. Simmons-Martin was born in Sioux Falls, S.D.  As a child, she moved to St. Louis with her family.

After attending Fontbonne College (now Fontbonne University), she earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in 1941.  Later, she earned a master’s degree and doctorate from Washington University.

In 1941, Mrs. Simmons-Martin began her career at the former Gallaudet Day School for the Deaf.  A year later, she went to the Central Institute for the Deaf, where she worked as a teacher, program director and professor.

Mrs. Simmons-Martin wrote and spoke extensively and conducted workshops on teaching techniques.  In 1958, she started the Parent-Infant Program, and in 1963, she developed the approach often referred to as the Auditory-Global system.  The two programs were the focus of her 1990 book, “Parents and Teachers: Partners in Language Development,” co-authored with Karen Glover Rossi.

Her honors include the Alexander Graham Bell Association teacher of the year award in 1977.  She was elected a fellow in the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, and in 1970, she was honored by American Men and Women of Science.

She retired full-time in 1981 and then continued to work part-time as a writer and consultant.

Mrs. Simmons-Martin was past president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of St. Louis and past area director of Zonta International.  In 1970, she was a Globe-Democrat Woman of Achievement and St. Louis Outstanding Woman in Education in 1968. She also served on the board of directors at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf.

She was married to James A. Martin.  He died in 2004.

Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. today at Colonial Mortuary, Hoffmeister-Kreigshauser, 6464 Chippewa Street at Watson Road.  The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. today at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 670 South Laclede Station Road. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery.

There are no immediate survivors.

Masses are preferred as memorials, or contributions may be made to St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, 1809 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, Mo. 63017-5065.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 04/20/2006

Editor’s Note: Dr. Audrey Simmons-Martin was a honorary member of CIDAA.