Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
WtdnewJoy, 14, 1972 THE IETHBRIDGE HIRAIO 25 Deaf, Mind student gains degree Gutsy Mae Brown gains degree, ending long journey to Convocation Hall TORONTO (CP) "The gutsiest girl I in the words.of a psychology profes- sor, graduates today from the University of Toronto. She is Mae Brown and her journey to Convocation Hall took 12 years. She is totally deat and to- tally blind. She is the first student so handicapped to graduate from a Canadian university. The story of Mae Brown's determination to gain a bach- elor of arts degree is told by Dorothy Dew in the Univer- sity of Toronto publication, Graduate. Told, too, is the story ot de- v o t i o n and understanding shown by two of her teachers who gave years of personal attention to help a young girl along the path of academic learning. Mae Browii is the daughter of a bushworker and his wife near. Thunder Bay, Ont. Reti- cent anci retiring, she made her way slowly from Grade 1 to Grade 4. There v.'ere fre- quent interruptions. She did not get completely into school until Grade 6. FIND BRAIN TUMOIt When a small child, she lost the sight of her right eye and her hearing on the right side. Her school days ended in Grade 9 when her sight began to fail rapidly. The cause was diagnosed as a brain tumor and Mae Brown was taken to Toronto for an operation that, though it saved her life, left her blind and deaf. The operation also damaged muscles and nerves in the lower part of the face and she now had a speech impair- ment. She still had the power of speech but hart to learn how to form the sounds. Labial movement of the still impossible for her. As a blind person, Mae Brown came under Ihe care of the Canadian National Insti- tute for the Blind and became a resident of its home for the blind, Clarkwood. There shs learned the method of communication used by the blind and deaf- there are about 400 in Canada touch on the palm of the hand. In time, she was given a job in the library proof- reading in braille and her la- tent interest in literature was awakened. Mae Brown had started her journey to Convocation Hall. The first problem was to get a teacher for her. The obsta- cle seemed insurmountable but in time the institute found Peter Saxton, then a second- ary school tcachd and now director of marketing re- search for a publishing firm. LEARNED TO 'TALK' Mr. Soxton first had to learn the language of touch. Two nights a week, through the years of h i g h -s c h o o 1 courses at Clarkwood, he drove 20 miles to and from Us home to work with Mae Brown. He discovered she was an exceptional student, especially Take Off Fat With Home Recipe Plan It's simple how quickly one may lose pounds of unsightly fat Tight 5n your own home. Mnkc this home recipe yourself. It's easy, no trouble at all and costs little. Just RO to your drugstore .and ask for Naran. 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In Grade 13 departmental examinations, Mae Brown could not answer a compul- sory question because it was based on aero-photography. Her entrance to university de- pended on it. But she was given tests In other subjects instead and passed them with case. Science and mathematics were not on Mae Brown's cur- riculum. She got credits in subjects of her choice: sociol- ogy, anthropology, political science, English and history. Peter Saxlon guided Mae Brown through those years of second ary sclwol education. When Mae Brown was ac- cepted for university, Jean MacTavish became her guide and mentor. Mrs. MacTavish was a sec- ondary school supply teacher. BIG DAY FOR MAE Mae Brown "listens" with her hand as Joan Mactavish uses sign language to give a commentary on the proceedings at graduation ceremonies at University of Toronto's Scarborough College, Mae, who has been blind and deaf since she was 14, was presented with her Bachelor of Arts degree offer five years of study. Mrs, Mactavish shepherded Mae through her university courses. (CP Wirephoto) Her husband was a busy law- yer and they had three chil- dren. Taking on Mae Brown meant giving up a good part of her life. Like Peter Saxton, she be- came enthralled with Brown's potential. And she first had to learn the of touch. Love that Man! Show Dad you care on his Day Father's Day, Sunday, June 18 Here's a wonderful wny 1 too, during our gre; BVD DRESS SHIRT TRADE IN PROMOTION Here's all you up Dad's old dreit shirts lie refuses to wear any more. We will allow on any dress shirt in1 wearable condition to long> as it Is laundered and the purchase o! any long sleeve dress shirt. ThTi appLiei to any dress (collared) shirt normally worn with a tie. Only one frade-Tn of may bo ap- plied on the pur- chase of a new shirt All Irnde-in shirts will be donated to the Salvation Army. Choose from lolids, stripes or pallerns In all sizes 141A to and all sleeve lengJhi. 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