Ted Tweed ‘55
Ted Tweed earned the B.A. degree in business from Luther College in 1955, served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958, and earned a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Iowa in 1960. He served as an instructor in clinical audiology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology Speech and Hearing Division from 1960 to 1968 when he joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders as a clinical instructor in audiology. He served there until 1992, and retired as clinical professor emeritus. He is still senior clinical audiologist with the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.
Ted is a Life Member of the American Academy of Audiology, the American and Wisconsin Speech and Hearing Associations and the Wisconsin Audiology Conference where he also served as president.
In his academic career, Ted Tweed trained hundreds of clinical audiologists to provide care for thousands of children and adults with auditory disorders. His coworker at Wisconsin, Dr. Karen Cruickshanks, cited Tweed for his instructional abilities, “Ted taught [his students] the key diagnostic and therapeutic skills, but more importantly, taught them to treat all people with respect and compassion.” Ted was also one of the first audiologists in the U.S. to engage in population-based hearing studies. He is a coauthor of more than 50 professional publications. Ted came back to Wisconsin in retirement to help conduct three studies: The Epidemiology of Hearing Loss Study, Beaver Dam Offspring Study, and the Hispanic Community Health Study, which received more than $40-million in National Institutes of Health support have led to the recognition that age-related hearing loss is a preventable disorder rather than an inevitable consequence of aging. This work continues to this day.
As a volunteer and local leader, Ted has had tremendous impact in a variety of educational health-related programs. He developed a volunteer program in conjunction with Wisconsin’s Farm Progress Days to screen farmers at high risk of hearing loss from exposure to noisy farm machinery, and acquired funding from the state and support from the Sertoma Club for a mobile testing unit capable of testing multiple people at one time. He has organized the Waunakee Wellness and Energy Fair since 2005 to provide information about hearing, diabetes, and other health problems with screening tests conducted by University of Wisconsin pharmacy and audiology students. He continues to lead the monthly Wellness Workshop for the Lions Club, and developed and directed the 10-mile Waunafest Run for 18 years. He has effectively shared his expertise by his teaching out of the classroom and clinic into the community to improve public health.
Ted has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America for more than 50 years and served at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico as a mountain trek advisor during four summers in the 1980s. He has also served on many council, district, regional and national committees that serve scouting, and he was awarded the prestigious Silver Beaver Medal for distinguished service to youth.
Ted has been, as they say, “instrumental” in the formation and leadership of local musical organizations over many years. In 1987 he became a member of the 1st Brigade Band, a living history musical organization supported by the Heritage Military Music Foundation, Inc., (HMMF) of Watertown, Wis. (The band plays the music, sings the songs, and tells the stories of the Civil War). Ted stepped up to serve as president of the foundation from 1994 to 2002, and again from 2007 to 2009. During that time the HMMF became an associate of the Wisconsin State Historical Society and was awarded the Reuben Gold Thwaites Trophy, which is presented annually to one affiliated historical society for excellence in its service to its community over a period of at least five years. Ted is also a member (trombone) of The Blessed Brass, a 35-member brass ensemble that supports monthly worship services at First United Methodist Church in Madison, and the Waunakee Community Band.
Tweed has been honored numerous times by local organizations that have benefited from his leadership including: The Wisconsin Society of Pharmacy Students, the Waunakee Community Services Department, The Waunakee Optimists Club, The Waunakee Lions Club, The Wisconsin Lions Foundation, and The Madison Sertoma Club.
Ted and his wife, Janet (Campbell) Tweed ’55, were founding members of Waunakee’s Peace Lutheran Church in 1971, and Ted served as the congregation’s first president and on the building committee. They are parents of sons, Paul Tweed ’82 (Dawn (Paulson) Tweed ’82), and Steven (Krista) and have seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.