[Congressional Record Volume 158, Number 30 (Monday, February 27, 2012)]
[Page H953]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]


  (Mr. CALVERT asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. CALVERT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to Dr. Lawrence 
Newman, a beloved educator, writer, and deaf advocate who passed away 
on July 4, 2011.
  In 1953, Lawrence joined the faculty of the California School for the 
Deaf in Riverside. He distinguished himself as a talented and devoted 
teacher, becoming the first deaf person to be awarded the California 
Teacher of the Year Award in 1968.
  Lawrence's contributions extend far beyond the classroom. As two-term 
president of the National Association of the Deaf, Lawrence was a 
tireless public advocate for deaf students, raising awareness of their 
unique needs and fighting for reforms in the law to support residential 
schools. He also fought for change from within the deaf community, 
encouraging sign language and total communication.
  Perhaps Lawrence's most important role, however, was that of father 
of five and husband to Betty, his wife of 61 years. He is missed and 
will always be remembered for his contributions to the deaf community.