Terri Hutton Memorial

Terri HuttonThe Audiology and Speech Pathology Department at UAMS would like to pay tribute to our long-time friend and colleague, Terri Hutton, whom we lost on April 21, 2020. Terri worked in our department for 25+ years educating future speech-language pathologists and audiologists. She started as an instructor/clinical supervisor in 1976, found her way to a few other positions and landed back with us in 1985 and stayed until she retired.

Terri was very involved in professional organizations, serving in just about every available position within ArkSHA multiple times! You may or may not know this: Terri Hutton’s Arkansas speech pathology license number was SP#1. That’s right, Terri had the very first speech pathology license issued by the state of Arkansas. She then served on the ABESPA licensure board for two terms, as Vice-Chairman and Treasurer. Terri was a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) from 1971 until her retirement and was recognized for her professional contributions with the ASHA Fellow award in 2007.

Terri’s work in our department was varied and significant. She taught a total of eight undergraduate courses over the years, as well as three graduate courses. Terri became our Clinic Director in 2006, and was also the graduate program coordinator for over a decade. Her committee work, well, let’s just say that Terri served on no fewer than 45 national, state, department, college and university committees.

Her students will remember that Terri worked tirelessly to provide as much grant, training and stipend money as she could to help students offset the cost of school. Terri’s efforts, alone and with colleagues, resulted in about $140,000/year for student stipends between 1985 and 2008.


Terri’s friends and colleagues offer some memories for us to enjoy:

Terri worked VERY HARD to correct our son’s difficult “R” artic error and of course succeeded!

–Grateful patient

I am grateful for the many contributions that Terri made to our department and the field of speech-language pathology. Her impact is still felt today. She will be missed. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

–Respectfully, Shana Williamson

Terri will be remembered by a generation of speech-language pathologists as a mentor, instructor, and friend.  The kind tributes to her are a testament to her grace and kind spirit.  She will be missed by many.

–Stacey Mahurin

My thoughts and prayer go out to the family of Terri Hutton. Terri was a lifelong colleague who will be missed.  Terri and I worked together in the Audiology and Speech Pathology Department for over thirty years. She was dedicated to student training and support. She will be greatly missed by all. 

–Dr. Gentry

Terri has been a dear friend for many years and she was always an encourager, kind and supportive. Later I enjoyed working with her as a staff member in the clinic. Terri didn’t know a stranger and she treated everyone with dignity and respect, regardless of their job title. She loved her students and colleagues, and after she retired, she’d always ask me how folks from the Department were doing. She was much loved and many, many people are thankful for her contributions to the Audiology and Speech Pathology Department. I am especially thankful for her friendship and for many good memories. My prayers go out to her daughter and son-in-law, her grandchildren, her sisters, and her friends. She was an amazing lady.

–Laura Bertram

I had a privilege of working with Terri for a few years prior to her retirement. It was clear to me early on that she make an impact on our department and in our community as a faculty member, a clinic director, a clinical supervisor, and serving on the board of the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She was someone I looked up to early on in my career, and appreciated her friendship and collegiality. She truly was a team-player. She is missed! 

–Dr. Atcherson

Terrri Hutton made a significant impact on generations of audiologists and speech-language pathologists. From thoughtful observations of clinical skill to her unfailing efforts securing internship positions, and quite memorable parties, she was a powerhouse. She even somehow managed to instill the importance of giving back to the profession, leading by example. Her generosity and kindness were also evident in everything she did, and that isn’t always easy with anxious graduate students. A great lady who will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to her family. 

–LeeAnn Griffith

Terri Hutton was one of the finest people I had the honor of working with. She is responsible for educating numerous students over decades of teaching, and those students are out helping to improve the lives of countless individuals with communication disorders. Her legacy will live on for generations to come.

–Dr. Gregory Robinson

Terri was an instructor of mine at UALR many years ago. She was a good teacher with an influence that cared about her students.

–David Amerson

Terri was the first person I met when I joined the faculty at UALR/UAMS in 1997. She was so welcoming, and positive about the Department and her colleagues in the community. She enriched the lives of many people. May her memory be eternal.

–Richard Zraick

A memorial gift in Terri Hutton’s name can be made to the CHP Scholarship Fund by clicking the button below:

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