2010 Hall of Fame Inductees
E. Charles Healey
Communication Sciences and Disorders, ’71, ’73
Even though his initial career goal was to become a public school teacher, Charles (Charlie) Healey fell in love with speech-language pathology after taking an Introduction to Communication Disorders class as an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky. Choosing to continue his education after graduation, Charlie graduated with a master’s degree in 1973 from UK and began his clinical fellowship year as a speech pathology trainee at the VA hospital in Lexington. With a perpetual desire to learn, Charlie completed his clinical fellowship year in 1974 and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Speech Sciences from Purdue University in 1977. He then accepted a position as an assistant professor of speech-language pathology at the University of Nebraska and continues to teach and conduct research there today.
Charlie has presented more than 100 papers on both the national and international level, has produced 55 peer-reviewed scholarly publications, has trained several hundred master’s students to become speech-language pathologists and has trained six doctoral students. His research has received interest in both academia and from clinicians throughout the United States and Canada. Charlie particularly enjoys the teaching aspect of his current position, which allows him to train his students in a discipline that he loves, while simultaneously giving them an appreciation for the rigors of scientific research.
“I know that the better I train students, the better the services they will provide to individuals with communication disorders,” said Charlie.
Perhaps this belief, combined with a passion for teaching and his discipline, is why he was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has also received numerous other professional awards.
Honored by the nomination to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences Charlie said, “UK will always have a special place in my heart” because it was the place where he discovered the profession that he loves. It is also the place where, with the help of many wonderful and caring faculty, he acquired the education and training that helped lead him to his career as a professor of speech-language pathology.
Charlie and his wife, Bonnie, are parents to four grown sons, two of whom are married, and enjoy traveling and spending time with the friends they have around the country. Charlie also enjoys playing golf and is an avid fan of college football and basketball.
Helen Johnnita Keller Miller
Medical Technology, ’61
Johnnie Miller is passionate about her work in medical technology, with a career spanning more than fifty years that includes managing, supervising, teaching, learning and, her favorite, bench work.
Crediting the UK College of Health Sciences for her education and the successful career her degree has allowed her to pursue, Johnnie said, “As I report correct results, normal or abnormal, I help someone. My degree has given me the background for this and has given my life special meaning.”
Her work has even lead physicians, when they were originally planning a different treatment, to alter their plan and provide more appropriate care.
Not only has Johnnie helped physicians properly diagnose and treat their patients, but she has also helped those in the University of Kentucky community in a variety of capacities. She’s been involved with the Alumni Association as president of chapters in Chicago and Atlanta, has served on the Development Council for the College of Health Sciences, is a UK Fellow, a Life Member of the university’s Alumni Association and a current member of the College of Health Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board. She is also a past recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the UK Alumni Association.
Johnnie’s passion for her work will continue beyond her retirement, when she plans to become a hospital volunteer.
“I hate to leave the hospital,” she said. “It has always been my second home.”
Johnnie is honored to be inducted into the College of Health Sciences Hall of Fame.
“I am very grateful and overwhelmed with pride. I am so proud of UK,” said Johnnie. “The overwhelmed feeling rises from knowing the College of Health Sciences is proud of my work and my contributions to the University of Kentucky. I will never be able to say thank you enough. It is simply wonderful.”
She and her husband, Bob, have been married for forty-six years and have two children, Robert and Holly. Robert lives in Kansas with his wife, Kerry, and two children, Greta (11) and Oscar (6), and Holly lives in Georgia and works for Kennesaw State University.