H18-1996.10. Kemink, John L. (1949-1992). Papers, 1991-1992. 1 folder.


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Dr. John L. Kemink was born in Muskegon, Michigan, and grew up in nearby Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he graduated from Grand Rapids’ East Christian High School. He went on to graduate magna cum laude from Hope College in 1971, majoring in chemistry and minoring in philosophy, and from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1975. After an internship and residency at Moffitt Hospital in San Francisco, California, he returned to the University of Michigan in 1981 for a residency and appointment to the department of otolaryngology. There he was named director of the division of otology, neuroethology and skull-base surgery in 1986. He became a full professor four years later. Kemink went on to become a distinguished pediatric ear specialist in the treatment of the profoundly deaf after helping to develop the cochlear implant. He was inducted into the American Otological Society in 1991. Kemink received an honorary degree from Hope College in 1992 and established the Herman and Flora Laug scholarship in honor of his uncle and aunt that had helped fund his college education. He passed away while working at the University of Michigan Medical Center in 1992. The collection includes biographical information and a video of Kemink operating on a patient and interviewing a patient, ca. 1991. (K)


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