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Winston-Salem couple’s gift will aid children with speech, hearing and learning disabilities

D06_11Scott14_t.jpgBOONE—The Communication Disorders Clinic at Appalachian State University has been named for Winston-Salem residents Charles E. and Geneva S. Scott.

The couple has made a gift of real estate valued at $307,000 to the North Carolina Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation to support the activities of the clinic at Appalachian.

The clinic provides diagnostic and remedial/therapeutic services in the areas of audiology, and speech and language pathology.

Charles Scott has a special affinity for the clinic. He is dyslexic and knows that access to such services when he was a child would have made his education easier.

“I could be a straight A student in math, but when I got over in English and history, I was lucky to pass,” he said. “Having dyslexia, I can appreciate this clinic more than anybody can imagine,” Scott said. “I had to work hard to get an education so that I could make a dollar or two.”

Scott said he took night classes while he was an employee at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Scott said the small classes at RJR allowed him to learn at his own pace.

“People with dyslexia can find some way to make it,” he said. “I owe a lot of thanks to a lot of people,” Scott said of his success in life. “You don’t know how much we appreciate this opportunity to help others.”

Scott has been a Mason in the N.C. Scottish Rite for more than 60 years. The North Carolina Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation has financially supported the clinic since 1977.

“The Scotts’ gift will augment the assistance we receive from the Scottish Rite Foundation to support scholarships for graduate students and help children whose families might not otherwise be able to afford clinic services,” said Mary Ruth Sizer, the clinic’s director.

Sizer said the clinic provided more than 18,000 hours of service in 2005 to more than 8,000 clients. More than 1,300 speech-language pathologists have been trained through the university’s master’s degree program in communication disorders.

The clinic will move from its campus location to the first floor of University Hall off Hwy. 321 in fall 2007.