Children of Deaf Adults, INC. 

CODA celebrates the unique heritage and
identities of adult hearing
individuals with deaf parent(s).

CODA Memorial


CODA established a Memorial Fund to honor those who have touched us either as CODA International members,
fellow codas or those who have supported and nurtured our coda identities.
This fund contributes directly supporting Codas to attend CODA conferences.
Codas, family and supporters named in memorial who have passed away will also be honored in a live ceremony
during the annual CODA conference.

In memory of those honorees who gave to us so that we might enrich others.


Jerry Lee Bass

Lillian Beard 

Dr. Elizabeth Benson

Alan Champion

Lon Chaney Sr.

Ron Coffey

Millie Colson 

Cindy Cook

Dale Dyal

Anthony Debrovech 

Lou Fant

Edward Miner Gallaudet
(First President of Gallaudet)

Debbie Barber Gonzales

Jonathan Hall

Renee H.
(Holocaust survivor)

Percival Hall, Jr. 

Shirley Herald

Michael Patrick LaForte
(9/11 World Trade Center victim)

Lennox Hood 

Judie Husted

Don Hester

Samantha Hope Laney

Diana Lusker

Winfield McChord 

Brian Miceli

Kevin Mowl 

Ralph Neesam 

Diana Nelson

Orpha Parkin 

Mary Jane Pendley 

Carolyn Pimentel

Dorothy P. Polakoff

Dr. Delia Delight Rice

 Sally Roshak

Gary Sanderson

Libby Sandy 

Eli Savanick

Kathy Sciarabba

Israel Sela

Judy Singleton

Brenda Smith 

Joy Spillman

Arthur Steideman

Evelyn Thompson 

Judge Homer Thornberry

Bunny West

Lance Vogeler

Faye Morvie Ogburn Wilkie

Dr. John (Stan) Schuchman

Marissa Spera

Nancy Young

Vicky Cotter

Mary Anne Royster

 Florene Rena Neal Hughes

Eddie Quintana

Kevin Lynch

Nancy Hayes

Shirley Childress Johnson

Manix (Manfred) Wilhelm

Jerry Lee Grady

Friends of CODA International

Evelyn Brother 

Alvin R. Brother

Ingelore Honigstein

Bill Mosier

Jack Sheffield

"Mike" Henry Olejarz, Jr 

Memorial Fund Information

The mission of the CODA Memorial Fund is to honor the memory of hearing individuals with Deaf parents, who have passed away.  Donations are also welcome in memory of those persons (hearing or Deaf) who have been supporters of CODA International, whether or not they are from Deaf parented families.  Donations made to the Memorial Fund are specifically used to provide stipends to CODAs would like to attend a CODA International Conference. This would provide financial support to CODAs who find the associated cost of the Conference registration fee a barrier to their ability to attend.

A virtual Memorial Room is maintained on the CODA International web site where all persons honored through donations are named.  A minimum donation of $25.00 USD is requested.  Once the information form and the donation have been received, the honoree’s name will be added to the list on the web site.

The information form and donations to have a person recognized through the Memorial Fund can be accessed through the CODA International web site (  Payment is preferred through Pay Pal on the website or by mailing the completed form with a check made out to CODA International at the following address:

CODA International Memorial Fund

41041 Trimboli Way #1788

Fremont, CA  94538-4832

Persons who have been honored through the Memorial Fund during the year prior will be recognized during the annual CODA International Conference.

In order to prepare the information needed for the presentation made at the annual CODA International Conference, the following items need to be submitted prior to June 1:

1)   The donation via the website
2)   The information form via the website
3)   A photo of the person being honored (Optional)

Photos for the presentation should be submitted to 

Donations, information form and photo(s) received after the June 1st deadline will be included in the presentation developed for the following year’s Conference.

Thank you for your support and interest in CODA International and the Memorial Fund.

Diane Hazel Jones and Dennis G. Joyce, Co-Chairs

CODA International Memorial Fund   

Memorial Page

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