Donald Hood

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Doctor Donald Hood, circa 2000

Doctor Donald Hood (born circa 1945) is a retired American-Canadian audiologist currently living in Halifax.

Early life

Dr Hood was born and raised in America and attended Northwestern University.

Career

Dr Hood was an audiologist and the owner of Thunder Bay Audiology, located above King's Stereo in Fort William, at 135 Syndicate Avenue North, with phone number +1 807 623 0322. This business existed from about 1985 to 2005.

Marriage and children

He married Nancy Greenwald [1] in the 1970s and at some point for some reason, although she was from St. Louis and he was also American, they decided to move in 1978 to Thunder Bay, in Canada. They lived together on South Hill Street and had two children:

  • Arleigh Hood (born 2 August, circa 1978) [2], living in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Jeremy Hood (born circa 1980), married to Jaclyn Haber with two children [3], living in Woodbridge, Ontario

Dr Hood was divorced from Nancy in 1992, and Dr Hood remarried to another woman and moved to Halifax. He acts as stepfather to his second wife's children.

Relationship with Michael Currie

Dr Hood lived beside Michael Currie from Michael's birth until about 1993, when he divorced and moved away.

Dr Hood gave or sold Michael's father Ron Currie his first home computer as a hand-me-down, in about 1988, which had 20 megabytes of RAM. Michael's habit of playing with the computer and causing problems led to Dr Hood coining the phrase "Pulling a Michael" which meant, unintentionally causing an unrecoverable error through curious use of the computer.

In July 2001 Michael Currie had dinner with Dr Hood and his new wife, and Jeremy Hood, at their home. That was the last time Currie saw or heard from Dr Hood.

Sources

[1] Interview by Michael Currie in July 2001 [4]

[2] Opendi [5]

[3] Varia: "Canadian Speech and Hearing Association, April 21-24, 1976. The Annual Convention hosted in Halifax, Nova Scotia by The Atlantic Provinces Speech and Hearing Association. Speakers will include: Dean E. Williams, Martha Taylor Sarno, Norma Rees, Louise Getty, Joel Stark, Mark Ross, Donald Hood, Agnes Ling, and David Yoder. The conference will feature a call for convention papers and a special lecture by Eric Lenneberg. For further information, please contact W endy McPhee, 78 Stewart Harris Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (Canada)." [6]

[4] History of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in Canada: Our First Fifty Years, by Virginia Martin, 2011. “…exactly what is this (a)morphous identity we call a Canadian Audiologist?” Donald Hood asked. Then he said “Our European and U.S. counterparts71 have just a few years on most of us and are our professional parents…” quoted from Roberts, Margaret; Donald Hood. (1989) Guest Editorial JSLPA. 13.4. December 4 This issue also has recollections and history information. [7]