October 28, 1981
Ethel M. Koob, affectionately known to her friends and colleagues as "Koobie," served the State of Indiana and its School for the Deaf for a period of 31 years. For 11 of those years, she worked as a teacher of children with severe learning disabilities, and following that, she served as Dean of Girls at Simpson Hall, the old girls dormitory.
"Koobie's" performance is characterized as outstanding in its dedication and conscientious unselfish service to the thousands of deaf children with whom she came into contact. Her home was at the School, and her working day knew no hourly bounds or schedule. She established a wide and lasting reputation for her tenacity in adherence to principle, firmness and fairness in dealing with students, and true unselfishness in the conduct of her daily activities. Her courageous indomitable spirit motivated her to continue effectively on numerous occasions when physical problems or other difficulties arose. Her influence benefited the lives of countless deaf children through the years, and became a living monument as results passed from one generation to another.
In honor of her long, faithful, conscientious service, and as a lasting tribute to her unprecedented dedication, the south wing (girls) was named the Ethel M. Koob Residence Hall.
Koob Hall is located on the south (girls') wing of the Student Residence Hall building. Koob Hall has six living pods for female residents. Each pod has an average of ten rooms with two beds each and a central living room where students congregate.
October 28, 1981
William L. Fair, known to his many friends and colleagues as "Bill," served the State of Indiana and its School for the Deaf for 25 years, beginning on July 27, 1945, and ending with well-earned retirement on August 31, 1970. Prior to his arrival in Indiana, Bill had already established a successful record of service and leadership in the education of the deaf, this being first in Oklahoma, and then at the Kansas School for the Deaf where he was the academic and vocational principal. At the Indiana School for the Deaf, he first served as Dean of Boys, and later was advanced to Dean of Students, a new position which placed the total homecare or residential program under one person.
Intelligence, patience, understanding, the ability to communicate, and total commitment to job responsibility are some of the specific attributes necessary for successful performance in the dean's position. Mr. Fair possessed these characteristics to a high degree and demonstrated their use with unquestionable loyalty and dedication. His infinite, priceless legacy was exemplified in the lives of the thousands of deaf students who benefited from his influence.
As a token of high esteem, as an enduring tribute, and in in recognition of long and outstanding service to the deaf children of Indiana, the north (boys) wing was named the William L. Fair Residence Hall.
October 28, 1981
Born in Greeley, Kansas, Gregory Kratzberg attended the Kansas School for the Deaf, and his working career began as a houseparent at the Iowa School. Gregory's tenure at the Indiana School for the Deaf dated from his employment on September 1, 1945, until his well-earned retirement on June 13, 1975. Although staff leadership and supervision were his major job responsibilities, Gregory always maintained a warm, close relationship with all the students. He gave so generously of his time and vitality that his performance defied accurate description. He was a leader, a counselor, an escort, a confidante, an advisor, a benefactor, a go-between; and frequently for some, a last resort in time of dire need. Gregory's devoted service gained local, state and national recognition through his adherence to highest principles and his marked degree of sincerity,honesty, and fairness. His wholesome guiding influence touched the lives of thousands of deaf students.This extraordinary contribution is of priceless fundamental value, and infinite in its duration as it continues to pass from generation to generation.
His memory and persona continue to touch the lives of the ISD students as they develop new friendships and hone new skills in the KRC every year. In recognition of his long, faithful, and outstanding service, and as a tribute to his exceptional devotion to duty, the recreation center was named the Gregory F. Kratzberg Recreation Center.
The Dixon House is an independent living unit located near Brown Cafeteria. The Dixon House is the newest building on campus, and every semester male and female seniors take turns residing there. The goal of the Dixon House is to give students a comprehensive independent living experience, in order to better prepare them for the world beyond ISD after graduation. The residence is named after Thelma Dixon, who spent forty years supervising adolescent boys.