Obituary – Jerilyn A. “Jeri” Logemann
On June 19th, 2014 Jerilyn (Jeri) Logemann, a world-renowned researcher in the field of speech-language pathology, died in her home surrounded by the warmth of caring friends. At the time of her death she was 72 years old.
Dr. Logemann was the Ralph and Jean Sundin Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University and Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where she directed the Voice, Speech, and Language Service and Swallowing Center. After obtaining her bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University she joined the faculty and became one of the most influential leaders of her field. A prolific scholar she contributed ground-breaking books, journal articles, workshops, conference presentations and seminars on the management of voice disorders, normal swallowing physiology, and the assessment and treatment of speech and swallowing in head and neck cancer patients and those with neurological impairments. A pioneer in the development of techniques for effective assessment and treatment of speech and swallowing disorders she (with Dr. Hilda Fisher) developed the Fisher-Logemann Test of Articulation Competence, and she developed the modified barium swallow test. Regarded as the leading authority in the assessment and treatment of swallowing disorders, her research was continuously funded by the US National Institutes of Health and other agencies for over 30 years. Always concerned with improving speech-language pathology clinical service she formed the Clinical Sciences and Disorders Clinical Trials Research Group (CSDRG) in 1995 to assist in the design and conduct of large-scale treatment studies of speech, language, learning, voice, swallowing, hearing and balance disorders.
Dr. Logemann was an active member of IALP serving as the Chair of the Dysphagia Committee, as a Main Report presenter at an IALP World Congress, and as a contributor to IALP’s journal, Folia Phoniatrica et Logopedica for which she received the Garcia Prize. She was a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Chicago Medical Society, and a recipient of the ASHA Honors of the Association, that organization’s highest award. She was elected as the President of ASHA twice, serving from 1994-1997 and 2000-2003. Her relentless passion and commitment to her work, skilled leadership, inventive, indomitable and optimistic spirit despite relentless physical challenges, and her loyalty and generosity will be sorely missed by her patients, students, friends and colleagues.