HAROLD J. (Hal) MCGRADY, Jr., 1954

Before retiring in 2002, Harold McGrady spent more than 45 years studying and teaching in the areas of communication disorders and learning disabilities. He most recently served as Executive Director of the Division for Learning Disabilities, a national organization that is part of the International Council for Exceptional Children.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing therapy he served as an officer in the United States Army. In 1957 he became the first speech and hearing therapist for the Marietta City Schools. He has held professorships at several universities, including Emory, Northwestern and Virginia Tech. In addition, he has held school district administrative positions in Arizona and Virginia.

McGrady testified before Congress on behalf of the Learning Disabilities Act of 1969, was invited to a White House conference on learning disabilities at the request of President Gerald Ford in 1975, and in 2000 met with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton regarding the Initiative for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. His articles have been published in several professional journals and texts. McGrady has held leadership positions and made numerous presentations at local, state, national and international levels.

He is also proud to have been selected by the US Curling Association to participate in a special curling competition against Scotland in 2001 and to play a part in developing new curling clubs throughout he United States.

He has two sons, and lives in Arizona.