George S. Osborne College of Audiology

Doctor of Audiology Program (Residential)

The Osborne Family and Dr. Anthony Di Stefano

The Osborne Family and Dr. Anthony Di Stefano

Oration for the ceremonial Doctor of Audiology degree for George S. Osborne (posthumous)

Anthony F. Di Stefano, OD, MPH, FAAO
Vice President for Academic Affairs

May 21, 2010

Moment of Silence …

It is a high honor and personal privilege to present the last distance Doctor of Audiology degree to a very special individual – someone who personifies the hopes, aspirations, values and future of the new profession of Audiology.  This individual was and continues to be a colleague, a friend, and the enduring image of the Salus University College of Audiology.

Over ten years ago, this institution was blessed with the opportunity to become part of an exciting and important transformation of the profession of Audiology.  We were blessed with an uncommon and very special leader who brought a vision, a passion and the inspiration for this historic pilgrimage. As all great leaders know, passion and inspiration get you started – but it’s the perspiration that gets you there.  If it were not for the tireless work and dedication of this one individual, we would not be here today enjoying a truly community and family accomplishment.  This was the way it was designed – this is the way it continues to be. It gives me great pleasure at this time to award the final distance Doctor of Audiology degree to our founding Dean, our colleague and continued inspiration – Dr. George S. Osborne.

I would like to give special thanks to all the graduates – the 2119 – that have preceded this special graduate.  I would like to give thanks to the distance faculty and the residential faculty and staff who have been the foundation of building the residential program.  I would like to thank Dr. Fred Bess and his wife Suzie, both dear friends of George, for sharing this day.  I would like to especially thank Dean Victor Bray, who envisioned this moment and has worked diligently to continue the work of Dr. Osborne in establishing a world class AuD program.  I would like to also thank the entire Salus University community, who all respect the unique role that the Osborne College of Audiology plays at the University.  Lastly, I would like to thank the entire Osborne family – his wife Joan, and children Brien and Tanya – for sharing George with us for so many years. 

This is truly a beautiful moment. Dr. Osborne created this bridge program.  It has served as a bridge for the profession of Audiology, a bridge for our graduates, and a bridge for all of us to celebrate the future of the George S. Osborne College of Audiology.  I would like to ask Mrs. Joan Osborne to please come to the stage at this time to receive the Doctor of Audiology degree for George …  (a standing ovation from all present followed this request)