Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Adult Literacy Education Pioneer Passes Away

Dr. Robert S. Laubach (Dr. Bob), 96, a pioneer in adult literacy education and a ProLiteracy board member, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 11. Dr. Bob devoted his life to adult literacy and will be remembered for his many contributions over the past 80 years. Dr. Bob and his late father, Dr. Frank C. Laubach, are credited with teaching more than 100 million adults to read and write in more than 200 languages.

Dr. Bob worked with his father, Dr. Frank, who established Laubach Literacy Inc., in 1955 in Syracuse, NY. Laubach Literacy became one of the founding organizations of ProLiteracy Worldwide in 2002. Dr. Bob developed literacy primers in local languages and organized literacy programs in more than 60 countries. In 1959, Dr. Bob began publishing News for You, a weekly news source for adult new readers, still in publication today. Just a few years later, he founded New Readers Press, which develops and publishes instructional materials for adult learners and adult education teachers. Today, New Readers Press has over 400 educational titles that help adults learn how to read, write, and do basic math.

Dr. Bob's legacy of literacy will live on through the thousands of literacy organizations, tutors, trainers, volunteers, and students who continue to work toward his dream of a world where everyone can read and write.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in honor of the Laubach Endowment, to ProLiteracy Worldwide at 104 Marcellus Street, Syracuse, NY 13204, or online at www.proliteracy.org/give/donate-now

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