Timothy A. Maddox Memorial Scholarship Endowment

The Timothy A. Maddox Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established to support scholarships for speech-language pathology graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence and have an interest in working with adults with communication disorders.

Tim Maddox

The fund was established in memory of Timothy by his father, Bob, his stepmother, Katie (Hirschboeck), and his brother, Jason. Tim’s health, speech, and well-being improved greatly while being seen in the UA's Clinic for Adult Communication Disorders.

Sadly, Tim died in May 2017. He was an accomplished artist, a talented gardener and landscaper, and had expert-level knowledge of horticulture and tropical fishes. He created beauty and generously shared his work and talents. His shy smile and wry sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who knew him. This scholarship fund was established to show appreciation for the University of Arizona Clinic for Adult Communication Disorders, which did so much for Tim and his family. The family’s hope is that this gift will honor Tim’s memory by planting seeds of support to help future graduate students like the ones who were so instrumental in Tim’s progress.

"Saguaro" by Tim Maddox

Contributions: If you would like to contribute to the Timothy A. Maddox Memorial Scholarship Fund with a gift of any size, you may donate online or via check. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible.

For online donations, please click hereDesignation: Timothy A. Maddox Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

Checks can be made out to “The University of Arizona Foundation”, with a note indicating the gift will go to the Timothy A. Maddox Memorial Scholarship Endowment, and sent to:

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Attn: Dana Eriksson, The University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210071
Tucson, AZ 85721-0071

From Bob and Katie: Connecting Tim with the Clinic for Adult Communication Disorders was transformative. By including us in the therapy sessions, the family grew closer, especially by exploring adaptive strategies for enhancing communication between Tim and Bob. As scientists ourselves, we appreciated the clear explanations of the underlying reasons and physiological basis for each of Tim’s therapy exercises and, with Tim, we developed a much deeper understanding of his condition and how to manage it. Most of all, we were extremely impressed with the professionalism and creativity that the therapists brought to each clinical meeting. Tim always enjoyed his sessions, which invariably included much laughter that helped his motivation. We will be forever grateful for the care, concern, and respect exhibited by everyone in the Speech Clinic who interacted with us.

Tim Maddox

From the University of Arizona Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences: Clinicians who had the honor of working with Tim at the UA Clinic for Adult Communication Disorders said that Tim infused humor and smiles into each session. He enjoyed incorporating his interests, like English punk rock and gardening, into the therapy activities, completing every task and homework assignment with fervent dedication. One graduate clinician described a favorite memory when Tim named his “loud voice” they had been working on in therapy, Fred. She appreciated that he took the initiative to personalize his new effortful voice while working hard using this therapy technique. Another clinician commented that he was her “favorite patient” during her graduate training experience. A speech-language pathologist faculty member noted that he always made an effort to get to know the graduate clinicians personally and established strong relationships with all of them. He was a caring individual and his warmth was effusive. All who provided service to him noted that it was truly a pleasure working with Tim. He will be incredibly missed in our clinic.