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Ludwig A. Michael, M.D. Executive Directorship

The Ludwig A. Michael, M.D., Callier Center Executive Directorship pays tribute to Dr. Michael for his role in helping to establish the Callier Center in 1963 and for his outstanding service as a trustee and former president of the Foundation for the Callier Center.

The directorship will provide current and future leaders of Callier with the ability to pursue new opportunities for advancing the center while continuing their own critical research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of communication disorders. It will also ensure that UT Dallas can maintain the recruitment of nationally recognized leaders in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology to direct Callier.

The permanent endowment in honor of Dr. Michael was established through an initial gift of $200,000 from Communities Foundation of Texas. Callier seeks to raise an additional $300,000 to further impact the director’s research and ability to advance the mission of Callier.

Dr. Michael received a bachelor of arts and a medical degree from New York University and completed otolaryngology work at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. He came to Dallas in 1948 after serving at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Michael was chief of otolaryngology at Baylor Medical Center and served on the clinical faculty of UT Southwestern Medical Center.

In the early 60’s, Dr. Michael was sought out by the Callier board for advice as they began to develop the vision for the center. He recommended that the board bring Dr. Aram Glorig, one of the nation’s leading hearing specialists, to Dallas to help them determine what it would take to build a dedicated center for hearing and speech. The board quickly realized that the first thing the center needed was a visionary leader like Dr. Glorig.

Ludwig A. Michael, M.D.
Ludwig A. Michael, M.D. Visits Dr. Campbell's Research Lab
Photo: Yang Xi

Dr. Michael became instrumental in recruiting Dr. Glorig to serve as the first executive director for Callier, which was critical to the formation of the center. Since that time, Dr. Michael has remained involved, serving as a mentor to many and providing leadership in helping Callier become the world-renowned center it is today.

The first holder of the directorship will be Dr. Thomas Campbell, executive director of the Callier Center and a professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. The endowment will help support his research on the physiological, environmental and genetic variables for the early identification of speech and language disorders in children.

Campbell earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in communication disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his PhD in communicative disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent several years as a speech-language pathologist and researcher at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. From 1987 to 2006 he served on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh and was the director of audiology and communications disorders at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He joined the UT Dallas faculty in 2006.

Thomas F. Campbell, Ph.D.
Thomas F. Campbell, Ph.D.

Dr. Campbell, Carmen and Dr. Michael, Dean Moore
Dr. Campbell, Carmen and Dr. Michael, Dean Moore
Photo: Yang Xi