Clyde Cochran Berger '38

Librarian and Activist for the Handicapped

"Ambitious, brilliant, determined and hard working" are terms that friends and co-workers used to describe Clyde Cochran Berger. Born with cerebral palsy, Mr. Berger overcame difficulties and personal tragedies to graduate with honors from Hutchinson High School in 1938

Being handicapped and losing both parents at an early age seemed to leave no other option than a life in an institution; fortunately, he was taken in by his maternal grandfather and raised to believe he could become a productive citizen. Mr. Berger gives credit to his grandfather and an aunt for teaching him what love means and for helping him understand the realities of living. After his grandfather's death, Mr. Berger went to live at Broadacres, commonly known in those days as the Reno County Poor Farm.

Mr. Berger taught himself to walk as well as speak. He typed all of his schoolwork because he could not write. He received his Bachelor's Degree in 1943 from Wichita State University, and, shortly after, accepted the position of librarian at the Institute of Logopedics in Wichita, a job that he held for over 45 years. Mr. Berger earned his Master's Degree in speech pathology in 1948.

As the librarian for the Institute of Logopedics, Mr. Berger established the Institute's first technical library. He developed a classification system for audio and speech pathology, but his greatest work was his autobiography, Grandpa's Boy and What Became of Him, which created in others an awareness of people with disabilities.

Mr. Berger overcame physical as well as personal challenges to become an outstanding citizen. His courage and determination are truly admired by all. For these reasons, Clyde Cochran Berger has assured his place on the Wall of Honor.