American School for the Deaf Officially Throws Open the New Doors

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asd3A mix of alumni, past board members, staff and supporters turned out for the affair that celebrated the new state-of-art facility and the legacy of the nation’s oldest school for the deaf.

“It’s impressive,” said past board president Booker DeVaughn, former president of Northwest Community College and part of the crowd that attended the formal ceremony Tuesday.

“I believe we were the first community college to program for the deaf and hearing impaired,” asd2DeVaughn said. “That cooperative effort led me to get involved with the school for the deaf and I am proud of the program at my college.”

It was a trip down memory lane for well-known Hartford attorney Brian Clemow and his successor as board president, public relations business owner Barbara Puffer.

“It was the late 90s and I was the next in line to become the chair,” recalled Puffer. “I wasn’t going to take it, I guess I felt like there was a self-esteem problem,” said Puffer about her trailblazing decision.

“Iasd1 knew damn well you had no self-esteem problem,” kidded Clemow, recalling his tenure, the efforts to secure state funding and its fruition.


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