Harlan Lane, Champion of Deaf Culture, Dies at 82

Harlan Lane, Champion of Deaf Culture, Dies at 82

Psychology professor started ASL program at Northeastern University.

Harlan Lane, a leading champion of deaf culture, died on July 13 at his home in Roquefort-les-Pins, France, near Nice, The New York Times reports. He was 82.

Dr. Lane was a hearing person who was introduced to deaf students communicating in American Sign Language at the University of California, San Diego, where he was a visiting professor in the early 1970s.

“I felt like Balboa discovering the Pacific,” he recalled.

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