LaRene Tufts, 73, 3248 Tulip Lane, Stevens Point, a retired University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point professor, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at St. Michael’s Hospital.
A memorial service will be planned at a later date at UW-SP.
Contributions to a memorial in her name may be sent to the UW-SP Foundation School of Communicative Disorders for the Dr. LaRene Tufts Scholarship, the UW-SP Foundation Women’s Athletic Fund, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
The Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Ms. Tufts was born June 25, 1927, in Yakima, Wash., a daughter of the late DeWitt C. and Marvel (Kaufman) Tufts.
She graduated from Yakima Senior High School in 1945 and received an associate degree in arts and sciences from the University of Washington-Seattle in 1950 and received her teaching certificate in 1951.
After teaching in Naches, Wash., from 1951-1953, she did postgraduate work in speech correction, the worked as a speech and hearing clinician in Yakima schools with dual certifications in speech pathology and audiology.
She received her master’s degree from the University of Washington and received the first appointment as an intern at the Spencer Tracy Institute, which was associated with the University of Southern California. She then resumed her work in Yakima schools.
She served on the faculty at UW-Eau Claire from 1964-67 before coming to UW-SP in 1967, specializing in child language, hearing rehabilitation and phonological disorders.
She received a doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., and also studied at USC in Los Angeles and the University of Virginia in Charleston, Va.
At UW-SP she served as associate dean in the College of Professional Studies and head of the School of Communicative Disorders from 1987-1993. She was active in Faculty Senate, chairing committees and serving on the Executive Committee. She retired in 1997.
She was a chapter president of Wisconsin Coordinating Council of Women in Higher Education and was a member of the Wisconsin & American Speech, Language & Hearing Associations.
Survivors include one sister, Joan B. Wangberg, Everett, Wash.; and one brother, Paul (Luysa) Tufts, Seattle, Wash.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Roy.