Harlan Lane, a leading champion of deaf culture, died on July 13 at his home in Roquefort-les-Pins, France, near Nice, The New York Times reports. He was 82.
Dr. Lane was a hearing person who was introduced to deaf students communicating in American Sign Language at the University of California, San Diego, where he was a visiting professor in the early 1970s.
“I felt like Balboa discovering the Pacific,” he recalled.
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