- Dr. Etoile DuBard, founder of the DuBard School for Language Disorders
at The University of Southern Mississippi, died Tuesday at her home
in Hattiesburg. She was 82.
retired Southern Miss professor, Dr. DuBard started the Dubard School
in 1962, when it was known as the School for Preschool Aphasic Children.
During her 27 years with the school, she worked closely with hundreds
of children ages 3-13 who struggled with communication disorders.
DuBard pioneered use of the renowned Association Method of working
with children who have language disorders, considered a highly effective,
multisensory, teaching/learning strategy that goes beyond the traditional
visual/auditory teaching approach by incorporating tactile sense
of touch and "motor kinesthetics."
native of Grenada County, Dr. DuBard was a graduate of Grenada High
School and received her undergraduate degree from the University
of Mary Hardin Baylor, a master's degree from George Peabody College
and a doctorate from Southern Miss. She taught in the public schools
in Natchez, Clarksdale, Jackson and in Texas and Florida for nine
years in elementary education and six years of speech therapy work,
and served 35 months in the Women's Navy Reserve
just took it is as sort of a modern-day burning bush, if you will,"
DuBard said of her early work at the school during a 1988 interview.
"The children we take in here are so severely impaired, they
would not be able to survive."
Maureen Martin, director of the school, said the legacy Dr. DuBard
left for professionals and the children that she served "is
contributions will be felt for many years to come," Martin
Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames praised Dr. DuBard, saying her
service and contributions to children "marked her as a great
educator and humanitarian.
saddened at Dr. DuBard's passing," Thames said. "Her work
and her name will live on through the educators at the DuBard School
on the campus of Southern Miss."
Funeral Home in Hattiesburg is in charge of arrangements. Memorial
donations may be made through the USM Foundation to the DuBard School
at The University of Southern Mississippi.