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Zedler, Empress Young, 1908-2006



  • Existence: 1908 November 9 - 2006 May 30
  • Existence: 1908-11-09 - 2006-05-30


Empress Arlington Young was born November 9, 1908 in Abilene, Texas. After graduating from Abilene High School as the valdedictorian of her class she received a degee in Speech Arts from Simmons College in 1924. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Austin. In 1928 she married Paul Louis Zedler and moved to Luling, Texas. Dr. Zedler, a pioneer in the field of language and learning disabilities, joined the speech department at Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1948. At SWTSTC, Zedler established the Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic in the Department of Speech and Drama. As director, Zedler brought the clinic, which was later moved to the Department of Education, to national prominence. She successfully secured a number of grants for speech and special education research, some of which she donated to start the college's Special Education Foundation. Zedler, who also served as chairman of the Department of Special Education (1964–1977), retired from the university in May 1981. She opened her private practice in psychology and language pathology and served as director of the Speech, Language, and Educational Therapy program at Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio. Zedler received numerous recognitions for her work, including the Award of Honor from the Texas Speech and Hearing Association in 1975. She published a number of articles, essays, and books, and belonged to many professional organizations, such as the American Psychological Association and American Speech and Hearing Association. In 1989, Zedler was named Professor Emeritus in perpetuity by the university's board of regents. Dr. Empress Zedler died on May 30, 2006 at the age of 97.

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Empress Zedler collection

Identifier: 90.200-Faculty-2017-Zedler

This collection contains biographical information and artifacts related to Empress Zedlar, noted speech therapist and teacher.

Dates: 1925, 1954-2007, undated