Memorial to HERMAN PETERS
In Memoriam Dr. Herman F.M. Peters
Herman Peters died on June 24, after a short but serious illness. Herman spent his entire working life as a clinical psychologist at the Department of Medical Psychology of the Radboud University Medical Center and was seconded to the ENT department. He specialized in speech pathology, where initially speech and language development disorders and later stuttering became his special areas of attention, and soon became head of the Department of Voice and Speech Disorders. More specifically, Herman focused on research into the underlying causes of stuttering and developing the most effective treatments. In the early 1980s he introduced the Precision Fluency Shaping Program (the “Webster Therapy”) in the Netherlands and then brought many internationally renowned therapists and researchers to the Netherlands. He was one of the first worldwide to engage in scientific research into the implementation in clinical practice of speech motor backgrounds of stuttering, which resulted in a dissertation entitled: “Stuttering. Studies in speech motor behavior “. In 1985 he was the main initiator of an international conference “Speech Motor Dynamics in Stuttering”, which grew into a five-year series of International Conferences on Speech Motor Control, the first 5 in Nijmegen, the last 2 in Groningen. In 1989 he was one of the founders of the International Fluency Association (IFA) and in the following years held various positions, including that of treasurer.
Herman’s organizational talent has also resulted in the free course of speech and language pathology at the Faculty of Arts, where he fulfilled an essential and coordinating role from the medical faculty. And not only was he the founder of the Dutch Association for Voice, Speech and Language Pathology, he was also the founder of the Magazine Voice, Speech and Language Pathology, and chief editor of the Handbook Voice, Speech, and Language Pathology. A complete generation of researchers and clinical professionals have somehow dealt with Herman and will lack his inspiring enthusiasm, expertise, and organizational talent.
He was editor of the Dutch professional Journal STEM-, SPRAAK-EN TAALPATHOLOGIE for a number of years.
He was member of IALP for decades, Board member and IALP Treasurer. Dr Peters was also appointed Honoured Member of IALP in 2010
In addition to his research and clinical work, Herman had a broad interest, including in modern art, architecture, birdwatching, and travel. He knew how to enjoy life and to take others with him. Our thoughts go out to his wife Hanneke, his two sons Wimold and Harm, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren.
Pascal van Lieshout