Donald T. Counihan Ph.D., 86, passed away July 27, 2014 in Tucson, AZ. Born in Chicago, Dr. Counihan earned his B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University. A nationally prominent speech-language pathologist, he served for 40 years in numerous leadership roles in his profession and in graduate education. Following military service at Letterman Army Hospital, he joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma as head of the program in speech-language pathology. He established the Cleft Palate Clinic, and was Chairman of the Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders for 14 years. He served twice as Chair of the Faculty Senate, received the Regents Award for his contributions to the university, and was Regents Professor Emeritus. For his work in advancing professional standards, licensure, accreditation, and service to the profession Dr. Counihan received the prestigious "Honors of the Association" from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He was a founder and first President of the Oklahoma Speech - Language - Hearing Association. He is survived by his wife Marylin; son Thomas Counihan (Christi); daughters Dr. Kathleen Counihan Sublette (Dr. Mark) and Dr. Eileen Taft (Dr. Eric); grandsons David Taft, Charles Sublette, and Ian Counihan; granddaughters Erica Taft and Victoria Sublette; and sisters Joan Miller and Geraldine Mercurio (Tony).
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Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 10, 2014