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Western Mourns Professor's Passing

October 11, 2007

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MACOMB, IL - - Lawrence "Larry" Zoochi, a tenured associate professor and clinical supervisor in the communication sciences and disorders department at Western Illinois University, passed away Oct. 8 in Springfield. He was 51.

From 1983-1994, Zoochi served as lead audiologist for Chicago Public Schools. He joined the Western Illinois faculty in fall 1994, specializing in pediatric audiology, central auditory processing disorders and aural rehabilitation. Zoochi had been a teaching and graduate assistant at Western from 1980-1982 while earning his Master of Arts degree in speech (1982). He earned his Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, AZ (2003), and his Bachelor of Arts degree was from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Zoochi also carried a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

He is survived by his parents, Charles and Mary Ann Zoochi of Tinley Park, IL; his brother, David; and extended family.

Visitation will be held from 3-9 p.m. Friday (Oct. 12) at Colonial Chapel, 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th Wheeler Dr. & Harlem), Orland Park, IL. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 13) at Central Baptist Church, 20225 Governors Hwy. (203rd & Governors Hwy.), Olympia Fields, IL, with interment at Skyline Memorial Park in Monee, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan) at 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245.

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