Fletcher Jones Foundation Donates $1 Million to John Tracy Clinic

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Foundation honors retiring board member Dickinson C. Ross with a gift to John Tracy Clinic; John Tracy Clinic Dedicates Education Center in Ross Name

“Today is an exciting day,” said Gaston Kent, president and CEO of John Tracy Clinic. “It is a day of blessings and gratitude for Dick Ross, the Fletcher Jones Foundation and the children and families of John Tracy Clinic.”

John Tracy Clinic, the leading diagnostic and education center for young children with hearing loss dedicated its early childhood education center in honor of Dickinson C. Ross, chairman emeritus of Johnson & Higgins of California, thanks to an extraordinary $1 million grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation to honor Mr. Ross’s many years of service on its Board of Trustees. The center was named the “Dickinson C. Ross Center for Education and Innovation” and is home to John Tracy Clinic’s world renowned educational programs for young children with hearing loss.

“Today is an exciting day,” said Gaston Kent, president and CEO of John Tracy Clinic. “It is a day of blessings and gratitude for Dick Ross, the Fletcher Jones Foundation and the children and families of John Tracy Clinic.”

The dedication ceremony was attended by Los Angeles business and community leaders and featured a performance by John Tracy Clinic preschoolers and a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“I have spent a lot of time here over the years,” said Dickinson Ross. “I can’t tell you anything that means more to me than the work of John Tracy Clinic. All of us need to do our share to make a contribution of time, money and bring along the next generation of support for John Tracy Clinic.”

“Dick Ross is one of the greatest people of all time,” said Peter K. Barker, chairman of the Fletcher Jones Foundation. “I think anybody who’s had the opportunity to encounter him in their life has been richly rewarded from that experience. As a capstone to Dick’s service on our board, it was a natural for us to recognize John Tracy Clinic. There’s no organization that’s closer to Dick’s heart.”

The Fletcher Jones Foundation was incorporated in 1969 in the State of California by Fletcher Roseberry Jones, co-founder of Computer Sciences Corporation, a worldwide business technology firm. After the untimely death of Fletcher Jones in 1972, the original Trustees of the Foundation decided that support of the private colleges and universities in California should be their primary emphasis. That policy has been reaffirmed by subsequent Trustees and continues to this day.

Dickinson C. Ross, chairman emeritus of Johnson & Higgins, has dedicated his life to service and philanthropy. He is a member of the emeritus board of John Tracy Clinic and served on the board of directors for 26 years. Other affiliations include the California Science Center and National Health Foundation.

John Tracy Clinic was founded in 1943 by Louise and Spencer Tracy, whose son, John, was born deaf. Our mission is to provide parent-centered services to young children with hearing loss locally and globally offering hope, guidance and encouragement. JTC is the world’s largest private provider of services to newborns and young children with—or at risk for—hearing loss. JTC is the only institution in Southern California to provide audiological, developmental and educational services for hearing loss in children from birth through age 5 and their parents. JTC has the leading pediatric audiologists on staff and offers hearing tests for young children. In addition, we offer information and guidance to parents in all 50 states and more than 60 countries through distance education. JTC provides exclusively spoken-language programs so that hearing-impaired children become prepared for mainstream classrooms. Studies consistently show that when children receive hearing aids or cochlear implants and participate in early intervention programs, such as those offered by John Tracy Clinic, they can develop communication at the same rate as their hearing peers. Also, JTC offers an accredited master’s and credential program in partnership with the University of San Diego to help meet the national demand for auditory/oral teachers of the deaf. JTC serves 25,000 families per year.

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