Dr. Clayton L. Valli

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Remick & Gendron Funeral Home
811 Lafayette Road
Hampton, NH


Dr. Clayton L. Valli, 51, American Sign Language Poet, Teacher, Linguistics Professor, formerly of Seabrook, N.H, died Friday, March 7, 2003 at the Baptist Hospital, in Miami, Florida. Born in Newburyport, MA on May 25, 1951, he was the son of the late Frances S. Valli, Jr. He was a 1971 graduate of Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro, Vermont in 1971. He graduated with a B.A. degree in Social Psychology in 1978 from the University of Nevada-Reno, and with an M.A. Degree in Linguistics in 1985 from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. He completed his doctorate in Linguistics and American Sign Language (ASL) Poetics at the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1993 and worked as a professor, a consultant, a presenter, and a trainer related to ASL poetry and linguistics, at Gallaudet University. He was the co-author of 4 books and numerous articles relating to the structure and use of ASL. After his retirement, he continued to work as a part time editor for the Gallaudet University Press and enjoyed traveling around the world as a Lecturer. Mr. Valli is survived by his mother Alice P. Eaton (Bagley), two brothers Kim Valli and his wife Barbara of West Hartford Ct., George Perkins and his wife Mila of North Hampton, NH, two sisters, Frances Eaton and her husband Allen of Seabrook, NH, Carla Perkins and companion, Susan Portor of South Hampton. Five nieces, Michele Chapdelanie, Stacy Wasson, Corri Eaton, Sophia Valli and Jessica Valli. He is also survived by an international community of friends and loved ones. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 22, at 11 am at Remick & Gendron Funeral Home 811 Lafayette Road Hampton, NH 03842 (Subject to Change) A memorial service will also be held at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., date to be announced. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Seabrook, NH In lieu of flowers a Scholarship will be set up for Deaf students wanting to continue their education. Memorial donations may be sent to the Dr. Clayton L. Valli Scholarship Fund, c/o Frances Eaton, 37 Folly Mill Terrace, Seabrook, NH 03874.

Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 11, 2003
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