Coordinator’s Column Losing friends and colleagues is never easy. It is especially difficult when they are taken from us far earlier than seems fair, depriving us of not only their camaraderie, but also the continuing professional contributions we believed would be forthcoming. Jill Elfenbein, associate professor at Michigan State University (MSU(, ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   October 01, 2010
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Coordinator's Column   |   October 01, 2010
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SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 2010, Vol. 17, 2-3. doi:10.1044/arii17.1.2
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 2010, Vol. 17, 2-3. doi:10.1044/arii17.1.2
Losing friends and colleagues is never easy. It is especially difficult when they are taken from us far earlier than seems fair, depriving us of not only their camaraderie, but also the continuing professional contributions we believed would be forthcoming. Jill Elfenbein, associate professor at Michigan State University (MSU(, an ASHA Fellow, and longtime Division 7 affiliate and leader/volunteer, passed away in May after a 17-year battle with ovarian cancer. Her indomitable spirit was evident throughout that long period. Jill gave new meaning to the phrase “living with cancer.” She served as not only an invaluable role model for others faced a cancer diagnosis, but also a constant reminder to all of us that life is what we make of it. Her enthusiastic and energetic participation at meetings and conventions belied her condition even while her bright knit caps served as a reminder that all was not well. Colleagues at MSU and at Calvin College, where several of her courses were “simulcast,” marveled that she rarely missed a class, despite her ongoing treatment.
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