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Norman C. Wolff, Jr.

Interviewer: Paul G. Anderson Norman C. Wolff, Jr.
Date: October 26, 2006
Identifier: OH114
Approximate Length: 157 min.
Biographical Information: Norman C. (“Tom”) Wolff, Jr. (1925-2009) was the grandson of the founder of the Central Institute for the Deaf, Max A. Goldstein. Wolff served on the CID Board of Directors from 1971 until his death.
Summary: Wolff shares his remembrances of his grandparents, Leonore and Max A. Goldstein. He discusses his grandfather’s career – the founding of the Central Institute for the Deaf and the scientific journal the Laryngoscope, and Goldstein’s travel and study in Europe. Noted are Goldstein’s penchant for collecting rare books, art, and Native American relics. Wolff provides details about the campus of CID and the history of its buildings and development. Also discussed are CID faculty and staff members such as Helen S. Lane, Julia M. Connery, Mildred A. McGinnis, Rafael Lorente de Nó, S. Richard Silverman, Hallowell Davis, and Jean Moog. Wolff also relates some of his memories of growing up in St. Louis in the 1930s and vacationing with his family in Frankfort, Michigan. CID Executive Director Robin Feder participates briefly in the interview.

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