A sad loss for the

A sad loss for the Deaf community, world-renowned ASL poet Dr. Clayton L. Valli died Friday of complications from stomach cancer.
Born in Newburyport, MA on May 25th, 1951, he was the son of the late Francis S. Valli, Jr. He was a 1971 graduate of Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro, Vermont. He graduated witih a B.A. degree in Social Psychology in 1978 from the University of Nevada-Reno, and with a M.A. Degree in Linguistics in 1985 from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. He completed his doctorate in Linguistics and ASL Poetics at the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1993 and worked as a professor, a consultant, a presenter, and a trainer related to ASL Poetry and linguistics at the Gallaudet University. After his retirement he continued to work as a part time editor for the Gallaudet University Press and enjoyed traveling around the world as a Lecturer.
In lieu of flowers, Clayton’s wishes were to establish a Scholarship that will be set up for Deaf Children wanting to continue their education. Memorial donations may be sent to the Dr. Clayton L. Valli Scholarship Fund, c/o Frances Eaton, 37 Folly Mill Terrace, Seabrook, NH 03874.

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