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Phillip A. Yantis Endowed Fellowship

Phillip Yantis

The Yantis Endowment was established in the memory of Philip A. Yantis, beloved Professor Emeritus of Audiology in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. From 1967 to 1975, Phil served as Director of the Program in Speech Pathology and Audiology within the Department of Speech and Rhetoric. In 1975, under Phil’s leadership as program director, that program in Speech Pathology and Audiology achieved full departmental status within the College of Arts and Sciences and continues today as one of the top-ranked departments in the U.S.

Phil grew up in Washington near Olympia and earned his B.A. at the University of Washington in 1950. He went on to earn his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1955. During his student days at Michigan and for several years after, Phil worked in the prestigious Physiologic Acoustics Laboratory with Merle Lawrence and together they discovered the auditory phenomenon of aural harmonics. Phil also taught at U.M. and served as the Director of Audiology at U.M.’s Medical School. After a stint at Case Western University as professor and Director of Audiology at the Cleveland Speech and Hearing Center, Phil arrived in Seattle in 1965 as the sole audiologist in the Program of Speech Pathology and Audiology. He was the consummate audiology professor – he taught every course and supervised all graduate research! During that time he also was Director of Audiology at Children’s Orthopedic Hospital as well as attending audiologist at the University of Washington Hospital. From 1967, Phil became the director of UW’s Program of Speech Pathology and Audiology until its transition to department status in 1975.

Phil devoted a significant part of his professional career to the service of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). He chaired many committees in the Association including his landmark work in the development of clinical certification requirements in audiology through his work as chair of the Committee on Clinical Certification. This committee not only developed the requirements and procedures for certification, but also oversaw their implementation. In 1969 he was elected to a three-year term as Vice President for Planning. In 1974, Phil was chosen to be president elect and then served as president of ASHA for 1975. Later, he served as editor of Journal of Speech and Hearing Research. He was elected a Fellow of ASHA in 1969 and subsequently received the Association’s highest award, Honors of the Association, in 1987.

One of Phil’s most significant accomplishments was in 1954 when he met, and later married, Ellie, his wife of nearly 50 years. Upon Phil’s untimely death in 2003, Ellie established a generous endowment, the Yantis Endowment, to further graduate education in audiology at the University of Washington. Throughout their lives in Seattle, Ellie and Phil shared a passionate interest in communication disorders; she as the Director of Speech and Hearing Services in the Edmonds schools and he with all his work at the UW. Their common passion for clinical services to children and clinical education of university students led Ellie to richly endow the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences in Phil’s memory.

Please help commemorate Phil's rich legacy by supporting the Yantis Endoment.