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Wilda Merritt Flower

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Wilda Merritt Flower June 8, 1918 - January 4, 2006 Wilda was born and spent her early years in Santa Clara. After graduation from San Jose State College and completing graduate work at Northwestern University, she joined the faculty of the speech department at San Jose State. During World War II she served as a field worker for the American Red Cross and was stationed at several installations of the Presidio of San Francisco. She returned to the faculty at San Jose State at the end of the war. In 1952, she joined the staff of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of California, San Francisco and established its audiology and speech clinic. She continued as a staff member there until her retirement in 1987. During the years she also participated in speech, language, and hearing services programs at the Children's Hospital of San Francisco, Herrick Hospital, Mount Diablo Rehabilitation Center, and Ralph K. Davies Medical Center. She was a leader in several professional and community groups. She was a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and president of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her volunteer activities included the Presidency of the Hearing Society of the Bay Area. She is survived by her husband, Richard Flower, of Cupertino; daughter, Ann; and son-in-law, Vinz Koller, of Carmel. Arrangements for a memorial observance, to be held at The Forum at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino, are pending. In lieu of flowers, Wilda's family prefers contributions in her honor to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, PO Box 158, Ashland, Oregon 97520.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2006
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