NYU Steinhardt Remembers Jerome Daniel Schein (1923-2010), Expert on Deafness

Jerome Daniel Schein, an international authority on deafness and deafness studies and Steinhardt professor emeritus, died at his home in Coconut Creek, Florida on April 16, 2010. He was 86.

During a career that spanned more than 50 years, Schein published 25 books, among them the landmark, Deaf Population of the United States (National Association of the Deaf, 1974).   Schein is also the co-author/editor of ‘A Complete Guide to Communication with Deaf Blind Persons’ (National Association of the Deaf, 1980), ‘The Deaf Jew in the Modern World’ (Ktav, 1986), and ‘Hearing Disorders Handbook‘ (Plural Publishing, 2008), which he wrote with Maurice H. Miller, Steinhardt professor emeritus of audiology and speech language pathology.

From 1970 to 1986, Schein served as professor of sensory rehabilitation at Steinhardt and director of NYU’s Deafness Research and Training Center.

A former president of the New York Society for the Deaf, Schein has been honored with citations from the Empire State Association of the Deaf, Alberta Premier’s Council, and the U. S. Department of Veterans Administration.

“Jerome loved conversing in sign with deaf people around the world,” writes his wife, Enid Gordon Wolf-Schein. “Although quick to say that there is no universal sign language, he had the ability to pick up on subtle nuances and communicate with persons who used any sign language. Once in Mexico Jerome saw kids playing soccer and he stopped to comment on what they were doing in American Sign Language. The teams were so intrigued that they stopped playing and surrounded him. They asked questions about his signing, fascinated that an American could — and would — take the time to communicate with them.”