Lawrence W. Seeger

Lawrence W. Seeger of Austin, Texas, passed away on August 15, 2014 after a short battle with cancer. He was 86. Lawrence was born January 24, 1928, in McKinney, Texas to Ed and Bera Seeger. Lawrence has one surviving sibling Billy Seeger and four surviving cousins including Jane Casiraghi, Billy John
McNamara, Pat McNamara, Jerry McNamara and Mike McNamara. Siblings and cousins preceding him in death include George Seeger, Mary Ann McMahon, Rhea Fernandes, and Julius Seeger. Many wonderful nieces and nephews and second cousins adore Lawrence as well.

Lawrence was a 1945 graduate of Del Rio High School. He then worked in the Seeger Family Bakery and with the Austin Police Department. He later worked as a houseparent at the Texas School for the Deaf while attending The University of Texas where he became a lifelong Longhorn fan. He moved to Wilson,
North Carolina in 1965 and taught at the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf for 28 years, retiring in 1993. After retiring from ENCSD, Lawrence returned to Austin.

Lawrence was one of those people who touched the lives of many people with his gentle kindness. He was a wonderful friend, a beloved family member, and a wise listener who provided encouragement and support for all. All of his friends and family members benefitted from his presence and we all will continue
to carry the wisdom he shared with us through the years.

Lawrence always had a zest for life and loved to travel to visit relatives and friends, to see new places and to return to Del Rio every year with the “Old Geezers Group.” He had an avid interest in genealogy and was proud to be a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of the Republic of Texas. He also stayed in touch regularly with literally hundreds of relatives and friends through telephone calls
and social media.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf – Parent Staff Organization (ENCSD-PSO) located at 1311 US 301, Wilson, NC 27893 with the mission of promoting excellence at the school.

A celebration of Lawrence W. Seeger will be held at Weed, Corley, Fish Funeral Home, 2620 S. Congress on Sunday, August 24, 2014 with a 3-4 pm Gathering of Family and Friends, a 4-5 pm Memorial Service. Final burial will be Monday, August 25th, at 10:00 am at Austin Memorial Park. As any faithful Texas Longhorn would say, “Come Early, Be Loud, Stay Late, Wear Orange!”

We will miss Lawrence but he will continue in our hearts forever!

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TSD Nomination Form

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Hall of Fame Nomination Form

The Hall of Fame nomination form is now online! Go to blogroll and you will see Hall of Fame Nomination. Click on it or copy the link below and paste it.

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TSDAA Scholarship Awards

Walt Camenisch

TSD Alumni Association

Dear Mr. Camenisch:

We want to thank you for your generosity for the TSDAA Scholarships. Words often are not adequate enough to say thank you. We thought you might like to know a bit about the students who received your $500.00 scholarships.

TSDAA Jack Hensley Achievement Award
Cody Cummings of Pflugerville entered at Texas School for the Deaf in 2000 as a kindergartener.  He has been on Ranger Honor Roll throughout high school.  During Cody’s high school years, he was involved in numerous activities:  International Studies’ visit to Panama, Acting in “Cinderella”, Discovery Retreat, and Academic Bowl.  Besides those extracurricular activities, he participated in various clubs:  Kayak Club, Science Club, and Robotics Club.  He served as a Treasurer for Class of 2014.  He volunteered at the concession booth for Homecoming and helped with parties, such as the Haunted House for Class of 2014.  He played golf and track as well.  In the summer of 2013, Cody went to Explore Your Future program at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  He will enroll at the National Institute of Technology for the Deaf (NTID) at RIT, in the fall of 2014 to major in science laboratory technology.

TSDAA Jerry Hassell Leadership Award
Daniella Reyna of Uvalde, TX, enrolled TSD in spring of 2009. She was involved in Hispanic Club, Jr. NAD, Drama Club, Academic Bowl, Cross-fit and Choir. She was also the President for Class of 2014 during her sophomore and junior years. She was the Hispanic Club president during her senior year. Not only that, she was also the captain for the cheerleading team for four years and had the leading role in “Cinderella” play in her senior year. She enjoys running in the nature, reading, traveling, and socializing with diverse people. She also took four college classes at Austin Community College during junior and senior year. Daniella will attend Rochester Institute of Technology in New York to major in Universal Study with the goal of immersing in science.

TSDAA Paul Walkup Award
Paul Soechting of Kyle came to TSD as a 2nd grader.  He received Gold and Silver Honor Roll throughout high school. He also received Most Improved Player in Basketball and Most Valuable Player in Golf.  Paul enjoyed taking welding classes for three and half years. He worked at Hudson Processing Company as part of his Career Preparation class. Paul is looking forward to attending the Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas, to begin his career in Welding.

TSDAA Robert Kleberg Humanitarian Award
Brandon Henry of Austin attended Texas School for the Deaf since he was 18 months old.  He was on Honor Roll throughout high school.  During his high school years, he was involved with different activities, such as Junior NAD, International Studies’ visit to India, Leadership Retreat, and Class of 2014 meetings.  He was a Treasurer for Class of 2014.  He was also a manager for Boys’ Basketball team for 3 years.  His hobbies are going out with friends, long boarding, boating, jet skiing, and stand up paddling.  He plans to go to Gallaudet University to study Business Marketing.

TSDAA Ruth Seeger Award- Amelia Hamilton of Austin, Texas enrolled at Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) in 1996 when she was nine months old. She enjoyed taking International Studies, Child Development, and Photography classes. She gained work experience through Career Preparation program at TSD by assisting first grade teachers in the classroom setting. Amelia loved playing volleyball, basketball, and softball.  She also enjoyed participating in drama and Jr. NAD for four years.  Amelia was crowded as Miss TSD in 2011 and won third runner-up in 2011 Miss Teen America Pageant contest at Indiana.  After graduation, Amelia plans to attend Gallaudet University to major in education.

As you can see, Cody, Daniella, Paul, Brandon and Amelia really earned their scholarship. Your generous gift will help offset the cost of tuition, books, and housing for them. Again, we thank you for your support of our students.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime after second week of August at


Karen Henry
Career Counselor

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Gallaudet’s Lynn Ray Boren to receive USA Volleyball’s Rebecca B. Howard Star Award

(TSD 1989 Graduate – Congrats from TSDAA!)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Gallaudet University women’s volleyball head coach Lynn Ray Boren has been selected to receive the USA Volleyball (USAV) Rebecca B. Howard Star Award for his part in positively impacting diversity in the sport of volleyball. Boren will be honored at the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Annual Coaches Convention in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the Cox Convention Center on December 17-21.

Boren has ben the head women’s volleyball coach at Gallaudet University for the past nine years. In nine seasons, Boren has accumulated a 227-109 career record (.676 winning percentage) with the Bison and led them to five NCAA tournament appearances and four straight North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championships. Boren has posted a 64-13 (.831 winning percentage) record in NEAC regular season matches.

The Rebecca B. Howard Star Award is initiated by the Diversity Commission to identify and recognize groups and individuals who demonstrate a successful commitment to diversity in volleyball.

About USA Volleyball
USA Volleyball (USAV) is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of volleyball in the United States and is recognized as such by the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The vision of USA Volleyball is to be acknowledged as the world leader in volleyball. For more information please visit its website

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Message to the Class of 1978 from Cynthia Norris

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Cindy Norris – HOF Chairperson

TSDAA is proudly announced that Cindy Norris is now our Hall of Fame Chairperson! Hands wave to her!!

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TSD: Breaking News!

TSD: Breaking News

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Ranger Triathlon 2014

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Willis Haney Qualls

Willis Haney Qualls, 77, of San Antonio ascended home on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. He was born in Ralls, Texas to Chester Coleman and Nettie Green Willis Qualls on September 22, 1936. He played on Varsity football team as tight end at Texas School for the Deaf. He graduated from TSD 1956. He married Rose Sames in 1957. Willis was an avid bowler player. He played with Deaf bowling and several hearing bowling leagues for over 40 years in Ft. Worth, Texas. He also played on Tandy Leather Company league as he was employed there for over 38 years.

Willis was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Lonnie Dale and Chester Weldon Qualls, his former wife Rose Sames Wade. Those he left behind surviving him are: daughter, Darlene Rose Qualls-Ballard, granddaughters, Samantha Josephine and Kristina Luna Qualls Ballard, his three great-grandsons Thomas Cash, Milo Armand and Jayson Coleman. Fourth great-grandson is on his way.

Daughter requests in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory are to be made to Rea and Barbara Hinrichs Scholarship Fund in care of San Antonio College, 1300 San Pedro, NTC 114, San Antonio, TX 78212. IT is to assist American Sign Language/ Deaf Support Specialist students to achieve their degree and in their future work in various Deaf communities.

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