Profile – Hon Pres Boyce

Profile of our current Honorary President

Anthony J Boyce

Tony was born deaf, graduated at Reading University with a B.Sc. degree in Pure and Applied Mathematics and Physics in 1961. He was employed as a mathematical/scientific research officer at the British Welding Research Station near Cambridge for 3 years.

He was appointed to the teaching staff of the Yorkshire Residential School for the Deaf, Doncaster in 1964. In 1968, he was awarded the qualified teacher of the deaf status by the Department of Science and Education.

He taught Mathematics at the American School for the Deaf, West Hartford, (1969 – 1970) and was a Mathematics lecturer at Gallaudet College, Washington DC (1970 – 1971).  He returned to Doncaster to continue teaching, and campaigned for more Deaf teachers.

In 1974, he gave a talk on Total Communication at the BDDA Congress at Ayr. He joined the National Study Group on Further and Higher Education for the Deaf (NSG) in 1975.  He was convenor of the Working Party on Deaf Teachers (1977 – 1980). He represented NSG on the setting up of CACDP and gave talks on behalf of NSG.

In 1979, he initiated Doncaster College for the Deaf and became Head of Applied Technology. He started Computer studies, Electronics, Information Technology, CAD and CAM.  He made a major contribution to training and educating students, resulting in HND/HNC courses.  The College was awarded Grade 1 status in 1994, the same year has he retired.

He is involved with the British Deaf History Society (BDHS) since 1993; secretary of BDHS (1995 – 1998); co-initiated the Deaf History Journal in April 1997 and was on its editorial board (1997 – 2008); organised Deaf History workshops and wrote books and articles on Deaf History; he was the Chair of BDHS (1998 – 2001).

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