Parley Newman

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Parley Newman knew that an LDS mission would bring blessings, but he did not necessarily expect the ones he received. While serving in the Northern States Mission, he decided on a life career when he served with E. LeRoi Jones, a branch president in Iowa City who was working on his doctorate in speech pathology. After returning from his mission, Newman enrolled at Utah State University and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech pathology under the guidance of his Iowa friend, Professor Jones.

Newman then returned to Iowa for his doctoral program. When Jones died unexpectedly, Newman was asked to replace him. In 1960 Newman was selected as associate secretary of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) in Washington, D.C. While serving in this position he gave testimony before Congress, acted as a liaison to federal agencies, produced the ASHA publication, and administered the accreditation process for university programs. He was appointed to the President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped by President Kennedy and reappointed by President Johnson.

But teaching was always Newman’s first love, and after considering several offers he accepted a teaching position at Brigham Young University. He served as chair of the Speech Department as it went through several name changes and relocations in various colleges. He received the ASBYU Master Teacher Award. Additionally, he coauthored a text used by speech programs and published several articles in the areas of both stuttering and voice and articulation disorders. When he retired in 1989, he became a full-time caregiver for his wife, Jeanette Wilkinson, who died in 1991. They are the parents of seven children. He later married Colleen Christensen, who died in 2005. Newman served as a BYU bishop and member of a BYU stake presidency.

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