Editor's Column In Memoriam: Dr. Thomas J. Hixon (1940 - 2009) Editorial
Editorial  |   October 01, 2009
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Editorial   |   October 01, 2009
Editor's Column
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2009, Vol. 19, 88-91. doi:10.1044/ssod19.2.88
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2009, Vol. 19, 88-91. doi:10.1044/ssod19.2.88
Dr. Thomas J. Hixon of the University of Arizona died unexpectedly this past spring, leaving his family, friends, and professional colleagues shocked and deeply saddened. If you don't know Tom Hixon's name off the top of your head, I can guarantee that you are familiar with some facet of his research and the clinical implications stemming from his work. In short, Tom Hixon was a pioneer in the investigation of respiratory dynamics during speech and song. He literally wrote the book on the dynamics of speech breathing physiology. Given the centrality of the respiratory system to normal and disordered speech production, his work on speech breathing physiology has had profound and ramifying effects on all aspects of our current appreciation of speech production. When we consider major scientific forces in the speech sciences over the past 35 years, it's difficult to imagine the course and impact of speech science on clinical populations without the presence of Hixon's work. His works have become foundational components of our literature, and his legacy of excellence and rigor through his numerous books and journal articles is a valuable gift that we can all look to for guidance in his absence.
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