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Laase, LeRoy T., 1905-1979



LeRoy T. Laase was born in Wisner, Nebraska July 6, 1905. He received his bachelor's degree in 1927 from Doane College at Crete, Nebraska, his master's degree in 1929 from Northwestern, and his doctor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1937. He had also done advanced study at Yale University and the Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin. Before joining the University of Nebraska faculty in 1940, Dr. Laase was Professor of Speech and Chairman of the Speech Department at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, for ten years. At the University of Nebraska, he served as Assistant Professor and Acting Chairman of the Department of Speech, 1940-1942, Associate Professor, Chairman and Tenure, 1942-1948 and Professor of Speech and Chairman of the Department, 1948 until 1968. Dr. Laase then concentrated on teaching, research and Direction of Graduate Study including the new Ph.D. program for the remaining years of his academic career. Dr. Laase was a pioneer in the effort to direct the state's attention to the need for speech correction and therapy services in Nebraska Public Schools. He was responsible for the establishment of a speech and hearing clinic at the University and the operation of a therapy program which serves the dual purpose of training teachers who specialize in speech correction and aiding a limited number of children and adults who have speech and hearing difficulties. Under his direction, the University operated a speech and hearing testing service for all entering students. Dr. Laase changed and broadened the Speech Department from a department of elocution to a department involving balanced programs in Speech Communication, Theater Arts, and Speech Pathology and Audiology, with increased emphasis on service courses.

Dr. Laase was President of the Nebraska State Speech Association, President of the Central States Speech Association, and member of the Administrative Council, Speech Association of America, 1961-1964. He also was a member and past national officer of forensic fraternities Delta Sigma Rho, 1940-63 and Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha, 1966-69.

Dr. Laase died Septmeber 4, 1979 following a heart attack.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Leroy T. Laase, Speech and Dramatic Arts Papers

 Collection — Box: Album
Identifier: RG-12-30-10
Scope and Contents

The papers include correspondence, Laase's undergraduate and graduate work, teaching materials, publications, research, and records related to Delta Sigma Rho and Tau Kappa Alpha honorary forensic societies.

Dates: 1915-1972