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Douglas Barnes Webster, PhD 



He was a gifted teacher, often recognized as such, and his passion for it equaled that for his research.




Douglas Barnes Webster died on September 21, 2017, in Green Valley, Arizona. He was 83 years old.


Doug grew up in Ripon, Wisconsin, the youngest child of Edwin White Webster and Merry Eva Crowe Webster. He attended Oberlin College, where he graduated with an AB in Zoology and where he met his wife and life-long companion, Mary (“Molly”) Bartholomew. He earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from Cornell University and had a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Cal Tech. 


To read more about Douglas B. Webster click here.



Dr. William T. Peake, PhD
(1929- 2017)

Dr. William T. Peake, long-time Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Research Associate of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) 



Dr. William T. Peake, long-time Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Research Associate of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) passed away September 11, 2017, in Blue Hill Maine, in the company of his family. 


Those fortunate to know Bill appreciated his keen observations, sharp wit, old jokes and entertaining stories.  These characteristics made him a wonderful teacher, and made interactions with him a joy.  A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at the MIT Chapel (48 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139) on Monday 4-December-2017 at 2 PM.  For more information, please contact John Rosowski by phone at 617-573-4237, or email at


To read more about Dr. William T. Peake click here.



Dr. Barbara Bohne, PhD
(1944- 2017)

President of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology 1980-81



Following a long illness, our field recently lost a leading cochlear morphologist, Barbara A Bohne, PhD. Barbara served as the first woman president of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology for the 1980–81 term, and was appointed in 1984 as the first woman to the Editorial Board of Hearing Research, a post she kept until very recently. Barbara, who received her undergraduate and graduate-student education at Washington University, spent her entire career there in the Department of Otolaryngology--Head & Neck Surgery. She was well-recognized for her quantitative morphological analyses of the inner ear, along with her studies of the mechanisms of noise-induced hearing loss based on the histopathology of the noise-damaged cochlea. She developed a histological technique centered on the phase-contrast microscopic analysis of the plastic-embedded cochlea. After dissecting out flat surface preparations of the organ of Corti from the embedded specimens, its major structures including the inner and outer hair cells, myelinated nerve-fibers, and stria vascularis were quantified in the form of a cytocochleogram, which plotted the percentage of missing elements as a function of the percent distance from the apex as well as the species-specific frequency range in kilohertz. In addition to the counts of these cochlear components, other observations were noted such as counts of supporting cells, macrophages, and white-blood cells, along with details of stereocilia pathology, the condition of the endolymphatic sac including the presence of cellular debris and swollen, buckled, out-of-place, and shrunken supporting and sensory hair cells. Barbara was a long-time educator of graduate and medical students, resident physicians, and postgraduate fellows on inner-ear topics. Additionally, she provided lengthy service as a grant reviewer for federal agencies and private medical foundations, along with being a long-time member of a number of editorial boards and a reviewer/editor of submitted manuscripts to many hearing and otolaryngology journals. Dr. Bohne was a Senior Associate member of the American Otological Society, inducted in 1979.  She received a Life Achievement Award from The American Auditory Society in 2013. Barbara A Bohne, PhD, was the epitome of a dedicated, hardworking, meticulous, and ethical researcher. She will be greatly missed by her family, colleagues, and friends.


To view the obituary, please go here.  



Dr. Robert S. Kimura

(1920 - 2017)


1990 Award of Merit Winner







Co-founder and former director of the Electron Microscopy Laboratory at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA and associate professor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Kimura conducted research on Meniere’s Disease and the structure of the Inner ear.  He was a strong believer in team association with Dr. Harold Schuknecht at Harvard Medical School for over three decades.  Dr. Kimura was an Associate member of both the American Otological Society, inducted in 1978 and the American Neurotology Society, inducted in 1984. In 1988, Dr. Kimura was awarded the Shambaugh Prize in Otology by the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum and in 1990 was presented the Award of Merit of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology in recognition of his contributions to the field.  He continued his research activities at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary until his retirement in 2000.


To view the obituary, please go here.  



 Josef M.Miller



Director, Kresge Hearing Research Institute 1984-1999

President of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 1983





Josef M. Miller, husband, father, grandfather, scientist, mentor and friend, died on February 17, 2017, of lung cancer.


Joe was born in Philadelphia, PA. His family moved to California when he was 9, and he eventually attended UC Berkeley, where he obtained a B.A, in psychology. For his doctoral studies, he went to the University of Washington, Seattle, where he studied psychology and physiology. He joined the Kresge Hearing Research Institute (KHRI) at the university of Michigan as a postdoctoral fellow in 1965 and became Assistant Professor of Psychology in 1967. A year later Joe took a faculty position at the University of Washington in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Physiology & Biophysics. He was promoted to associate professor in 1972, and professor in 1976. In 1975, when Jim Donaldson stepped down as chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Washington, Joe became acting chair, one of the few examples of a Ph.D. being appointed as chair of a clinical department. In 1984, Joe moved back to Ann Arbor as the second director of the KHRI, a position that he held until 1999. In 1996 he was named the Lynn and Ruth Townsend Professor of Communication Disorders. He retired from active faculty status in 2013, becoming Emeritus Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, but his lab remained active until his passing.  Read more......



Donald Henderson




Someone full of life and vigor






Dr. Donald Henderson passed away February 1, 2017, in the company of his wife Terri and three children Dana, Aaron and Lee.


Don Henderson was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on October 3, 1938. After graduating from high school, Don attended college at Western Washington State College in Bellingham, WA where he majored in psychology. Unknown to most of his colleagues, Henderson was recruited to Western Washington State on a football scholarship and, more importantly, played professional football for one season with the BC Lions of the Canadian football league. Read more..........


Donate today to the Don Henderson Travel Award Fund for more information click here



John K. Niparko




 John K. Niparko



A colleague, mentor, and friend




Our colleague, mentor, and friend, premier physician-scientist Dr. John K. Niparko, passed away from complications of cancer treatment on Monday, April 25, 2016 in Los Angeles with his family by his side.  It was an unexpected and untimely death, seeming somehow impossible, as John appeared larger than life to many of us. Dr. Niparko served as interim director of the Department of Otolaryngology  ̶  Head and Neck Surgery, and as professor and chief of the Division of Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery at Johns Hopkins University.  For the past three years, he was Chair of the Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology  ̶  Head Neck Surgery in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), where he was a transformative leader. During his short tenure, Dr. Niparko moved the Department into the top 10 programs in research funding, expanded clinical services,  added both clinical and research faculty, and developed the USC Caruso Family Center, a thriving pediatric hearing center providing life-changing treatments and services to hearing-impaired children and their families. John Niparko wore many hats, none of them with ambivalence or wavering commitment—he was passionate about bettering the lives of hearing-impaired children and adults; he was a skilled and innovative surgeon and a prolific teacher and mentor; he was a builder and a dreamer, envisioning strategic growth for the Otolaryngology Department at USC and working tirelessly towards this goal; and he was a champion of scientific research, bringing over multiple laboratories from the House Research Institute to form the core of his research team. Above all, he was a good and kind person whose career impressed many at USC as the “perfect synthesis of humanism and scientific achievement.”  Dr. Niparko never shied away from challenges, inspiring others to tackle them with the same steady and determined approach he used on his life-changing trek up Mount Kilimanjaro: one step at a time. In this and in all things, he was the ultimate optimist, with a boundless and contagious energy and focus. He will be missed and mourned deeply but remembered often.  Our heartfelt condolences to his wife Angela and his sons, Nathan and Kevin, who have asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be offered to the John Niparko Research Endowment Fund, where they will support the hearing research he so diligently championed during his lifetime.

Raul Hinojosa

Raúl Hinojosa




A life’s work in the inner ear



Raúl Hinojosa Prieto was born June 18, 1928, in Tampico Tamaulipas, México. He studied Medicine at the National Autonomous University of México and later specialized in Pathology. Raúl Hinojosa Prieto left Mexico to secure a better future for himself and his family in the United States, like many other Mexican academics, a brain drain caused by the relative lack of resources for science in his native country.  Upon emigrating, Raúl stopped following the Spanish tradition of combining both paternal and maternal family names, and became Raúl Hinojosa. Read more.....

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