FRAMINGHAM – The Learning Center for the Deaf has announced that founder Warren Schwab passed away peacefully on January, 1, 2019, with family by his side.
Inspired by the experiences of his son David, Schwab founded The Learning Center for the Deaf—the first school in Massachusetts to allow children to use sign language—in 1970.
Over the past four decades, The Learning Center for the Deaf has grown significantly, becoming a nationally recognized leader in educational, therapeutic, and community services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults.
Schwab was greatly loved and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He was respected as a great visionary, admired for the determination with which he carried out his vision, and beloved for his fun-loving nature.
He was the recipient of many honors, including Gallaudet University’s LCCF Alice Cogswell Award, which is presented to a person for valuable service on behalf of deaf citizens.
His first loves were his wife Jodi, his family, his dog Lucky, and the Learning Center for the Deaf. A man of many interests and passions, he was a collector of coins, antiques and Harry Potter memorabilia, and an avid tennis player.
After he retired and moved to Sanibel Island, Florida, Schwab volunteered at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Preserve, The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF), and Health Park Hospital. He organized the SCCF Tennis tournament for 10 years, and was an auctioneer extraordinaire for many benefit auctions.
He was also very involved in the men’s tennis community at The Dunes. Schwab received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and his masters degree from Boston University. He served in the Air Force and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War.
Arrangements are being made for a future celebration of Warren Schwab’s life, both on Sanibel and in Massachusetts.
More information , including a tribute to his life and legacy, can be found on The Learning Center for the Deaf’s website: https://www.tlcdeaf.org/page.cfm?p=424&newsid=331
Photo courtesy from The Learning Center for the Deaf