Kirstin Elizabeth Chiasson passed away in Klamath Falls, Ore., June 4, 2014, from complications related to breast cancer. She was surrounded by her family and close friends. Kirstin was born March 11, 1970, in Stanford, Calif., and grew up in Palo Alto, Calif. She earned her Ph.D. In audiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000. She moved to Klamath Falls in 2004 and returned in 2011 after a brief absence. Kirstin's professional passion was pediatric audiology. She enjoyed life in the rural setting and beauty of the Southern Oregon Cascades, and loved the interaction and assistance she provided to her patients in the ear, nose, and throat clinic in which she worked. She also had a passion for education. She held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin (Stevens Point) and at the University of Wyoming. She also was an adjunct lecturer for a brief time at Oregon Institute of Technology. Kirstin was quite active on national committees of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a professional association of more than 160,000 speech, language and hearing scientists. We remember Kirstin's big smile, generosity, can-do attitude, and her fierce determination when faced with a challenge. She saw the good side of everything - a gift that let no problem or hardship stand in her way. Her attitude in life was: You can either face a challenge head on or you can choose to give up - not sure which one is harder. Kirstin loved animals, particularly horses and her two rescued Chesapeake Bay retrievers, Haley and Decoy. She is survived by her parents; her two brothers; her husband, Andrew, and their three children, Elizabeth, Andrew and Paul. She also leaves behind many friends and relatives across the U.S. and Canada. Plans for her memorial service in Palo Alto will be forthcoming. A student scholarship in the field of audiology is being planned in Kirstin's honor and donation details will be forthcoming.
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Published in Herald And News on June 10, 2014