Maurice Jay Durall, professor emeritus of communicative disorders, died on June 23, 2015, in San Diego.
He joined the University of Redlands faculty in 1967 and became a model of excellence in teaching. He received the Merit Award as Outstanding Teacher from the Personnel Committee of the Faculty Senate in 1982, 1985 and 1989 and was Mortar Board Professor of the Year for the academic year 1990-91. Using his wonderful sense of humor in his teaching, he kept students engaged and increased their understanding in addition to winning their devotion. Students were recruited into the field because of the reputation of his teaching, and they took their studies seriously, loved what they were doing and graduated with jobs. He retired in 1999.
Durall was born May 13, 1938, in Lyons, Kan., and earned a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State College in Kansas in 1960. From the University of Wisconsin in Madison, he earned a master’s degree in speech pathology in 1961 and a Ph.D. in communicative disorders in 1970. A celebration of life was held on Oct. 4, 2015, at the University. Memorial donations in his honor will support students in communicative disorders through the Speech Clinic Fund and may be sent to University of Redlands, Office of Development, 1200 E. Colton Ave., Redlands, CA 92374.