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WSHA Remembers Robert B. Beecher

Friday, March 31, 2017  
Posted by: WSHA Admin
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Robert B. Beecher passed away suddenly after a short hospitalization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 21, 2017 at the age of 73. Bob Beecher received his bachelor’s degree in History from Marietta College in 1966 and his master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Emerson College in 1974. He spent 37 years as Senior Speech-Language Pathologist at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a pioneer in the clinical assessment, instrumental evaluation, and treatment of infants and children with feeding and swallowing disorders, he worked to develop the first inpatient and outpatient feeding and swallowing programs at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in the early 1980s. Bob served as senior speech-language pathologist in CHW’s Cleft Palate Clinic and the Craniofacial Clinic and was co-developer of the Saliva Control Clinic and the FEES Clinic. From 1978-1992, he was an active member of the Wisconsin Speech-Language-Hearing Association serving on the Hospital and Rehabilitation Facilities, Prevention, and Long Term Planning committees as well as a Representative-at-Large on the Board of Directors. He was presented with the Honors of the Association in 1998, the Clinical Achievement Award in 1995, and was Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year in 2006. In the late 1980s, Bob Beecher used his vast knowledge in conducting pediatric videofluoroscopic evaluations of swallowing to co-develop the Multiple Application, Multiple Articulation (MAMA) Seating System for infants and children with special positioning needs which is used in hospitals throughout the United States and internationally. His desire to teach and share his knowledge was accomplished through the professional articles he wrote, the mentoring he provided for all speech-language pathologists at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for more than 35 years, and the lectures and active participation he engaged in as a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Special Interest Division 13: Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, the Wisconsin Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, and the Velo-Cranio-Facial Syndrome Educational Foundation. Through his many continuing education programs on pediatric feeding and swallowing, drooling management, and the analysis of pediatric videoswallow studies, Bob Beecher will continue to share his extensive clinical knowledge with speech-language pathologists for years to come. Even more important than all of these accomplishments, he will be remembered by all of the families and children whose lives he touched and served as a man who loved what he did and was dedicated to providing the highest quality of service possible.

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