Claremont, Calif. (May 28, 2009) — Pitzer College congratulates Emerita Trustee Deborah Deutsch Smith ’68, recipient of the University of Washington’s 2009 Distinguished Graduate Award.
Smith, who majored in psychology at Pitzer, is a professor of special education at Claremont Graduate University and director of IRIS Center, which provides interactive modules and other training materials that focus on the education of students with disabilities.
Smith has authored over eleven textbooks, including Introduction to Special Education: Making a Difference, a bestseller currently on its seventh edition and available in Spanish, Hebrew, Polish and Mandarin Chinese.
She has served on the Pitzer College Board of Trustees since 1984.
The Distinguished Graduate Award at the University of Washington was established in 1986 and is awarded annually to a college of education graduate of marked distinction. Past recipients have included Dr. John Corbally, former president of MacArthur Foundation, and Harold Morse, promoter of Educational Television Network’s The Learning Channel and Ovation-The Arts Channel.