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Former Clarke Employee Wins ASHA Editor's Award

November 14, 2017—The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) honored former Clarke employee Frank Iglehart with the Editor's Award for the American Journal of Audiology.[More]

Honoring Trustees for their Service and Welcoming a New Addition to the Board

November 13, 2017—Clarke is honored to recognize Kevin Franck, PhD, Sara Grosvenor and Sharon McCarthy as they close out their terms with Clarke's Board of Trustees this fall. Kevin, the brother of a Clarke Alumna, joined the Board in 2011; Sara, Founder and President of The Alexander...[More]

Clarke Staff and Alumni Collaborate on Educational eBook

November 5, 2017—Thanks to the contributions from Clarke staff, Smith/Clarke alumni and Clarke Board Members, we are pleased to announce that the eBook Preparing to Teach, Committing to Learn: An Introduction to Educating Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, is now available...[More]

The 38th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss Draws Hundreds of Professionals, Parents and Teens

November 1, 2017—Clarke Mainstream Services’ 38th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss was a great success, drawing hundreds of attendees, sponsors and exhibitors from across the country. This year’s event was especially significant, as Clarke Schools for...[More]

July 25, 2014

Clarke Mourns the Loss of Doris Blevins

July 25, 2014—We were very sad to learn that Doris Blevins, a beloved member of the Clarke family, passed away this week at her home in North Carolina. Doris taught at Clarke for 38 years. She and her husband Bill Blevins (former Clarke Headmaster), raised their three daughters across the street from Bell Hall in Northampton and were at the very heart of Clarke's close community. This is a great loss and on behalf of Northampton staff and alumni, we extend our deep condolences to the entire family. Doris' obituary from The Daily Advance in Elizabeth City, NC, which includes funeral arrangements, is below.

Doris Blevins

Doris Edwards Blevins, 85, of 111 Quail Run, Elizabeth City, NC died Monday, July 21, 2014 at her residence. A native of Johnston County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Robert Maynard Edwards and Ruby Whitley Edwards and for fifty-eight years the wife of Dr. Billy Gene Blevins of the residence. She was a graduate of East Carolina University. She was a member of Corinth Baptist Church and had been a dietician for the NC School for the Deaf and Mars Hill College and taught for thirty-eight years at the Clarke School for the Deaf in MA. She was a strong supporter of the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society and her church.

Besides her husband she is survived by three daughters, Darla Carroll and husband Robert of Chesapeake, VA, Mary Beth Birlin of Austin, TX, and Kristin Beyer and husband Jay of New Bern, NC; and three grandchildren, Logan Nicole Beyer, Jackson Blevins Beyer, and Julianna Grace Birlin.

Funeral services will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Corinth Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. David Turner officiating. Burial will follow in West Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to: American Cancer Society Relay for Life, 930-B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834, Corinth Baptist Church, 1035 US 17 South, Elizabeth City, NC 27909, or Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, 45 Round Hill Road, Northampton, MA 01060. Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Blevins family. You may express condolences to the family by visit.