Speaking out: On Lura Vogelman
Justine Saccardi Kahn, ’02, M.S. ’04, on Lura Haynie Vogelman, M.S. ’87
April 3, 2012
Justine Saccardi Kahn, ’02, M.S. ’04, knows the impact a stroke can have on a person—and on a family. Twenty-five years ago her father had two strokes and lost the ability to speak. He spoke his first word—cake—on her sister’s twelfth birthday.
Still, even as Kahn and her family celebrated the progress her father made with his speech therapist, she wasn’t considering speech-language pathology as a career. When she started at Loyola, Kahn was planning to study biology and pursue the pre-med track.
Then she started taking speech-language pathology classes and met Lura Haynie Vogelman, M.S. ’87, a clinical faculty member in speech-language pathology. “She was one of my first teachers,” Kahn said. “She was really inspirational and really gave a lot of real-life, practical knowledge.”
Vogelman was working in a hospital at the time and shared her on-the-job experiences with her students. Hearing those stories helped Kahn define her career path. She works now as a speech therapist for Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore—and is often reminded of Vogelman.
“One of the areas of our job is called aphasia, which is when someone has a stroke and has a problem with their language skills. She was the aphasia expert in school, and every time one of those patients comes across, I think of her,” said Kahn, who is married to Daniel Kahn, ’02.
When she told her father of her career choice, he understood. “It was very meaningful for him,” she said. “Even 25 years later he still remembers his speech therapist.”