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GENE J. BRUTTEN Ph.D.

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BRUTTEN PH.D., GENE J, 84, a globally recognized expert in the field of speech-language pathology, died on March 4th of heart failure at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Dr. Brutten was born in New York and grew up in Brooklyn. He received his Bachelor's degree from Kent State University in 1951, his Master's Degree from Brooklyn College in 1952 and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1957. Dr. Brutten devoted his professional life to experimental and clinical research related to the nature, assessment, and treatment of stuttering. His research led to the development of the influential Two Factor Theory of stuttering documented in the seminal book "The Modification of Stuttering" co-authored with Dr. Donald J. Shoemaker. Together with Dr. Martine Vanryckeghem, Brutten published a series of standardized assessment protocols and clinical handbooks, the Behavior Assessment Battery, currently used in more than 20 countries. In addition, he published numerous book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, and delivered over 200 presentations worldwide. Gene Brutten's 50 year professional career started as a speech-language pathologist at Long Island University. He later joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale until 1993. Because of his outstanding contributions, he was awarded the title of Research Professor, Distinguished Professor and Professor Emeritus. In 1994, Professor Brutten joined the faculty at the University of Central Florida in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. During his career, he also was a Visiting Professor in Belgium, Croatia, the Netherlands, and South Africa. One of his major joys was to educate students. Together, Dr. Brutten and his former students have advanced the field's current understanding of stuttering and its remediation. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association bestowed its highly-prized Honors upon Dr. Brutten in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments in the field of communication sciences and disorders. He also received two Fulbright-Hays Awards. Dr. Brutten is survived by his wife, Dr. Martine Vanryckeghem, a professor at the University of Central Florida, and his two children, Lori Brutten of Washington DC and Mark Brutten of San Francisco. Donations in honor of Gene J Brutten can be made to the .
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Mar. 10, 2013
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