Carol J. Garretson
Gallaudet professor

Carol J. Garretson, 86, an assistant professor of communications who retired from Gallaudet University in 1987, died Nov. 28 at her home in Summerfield, Fla.

She had complications from diabetes, said her daughter Kyrie Garretson.

Mrs. Garretson had taught at Gallaudet for two decades and specialized in topics including the sociology of deafness. She had previously taught for several years at the Kendall elementary school for deaf students in Washington.

Carol Jean Kaull was born in Great Falls, Mont. She became deaf in early childhood for reasons never diagnosed, her family said.

She received a bachelor’s degree in childhood development from Utah State University in 1949 and a master’s degree in elementary education from what was then Gallaudet College in 1968.

Mrs. Garretson taught for more than a decade at schools for the deaf and blind in Utah and Montana before settling in Washington in the 1960s.

She was the author or co-author of numerous publications related to hearing impairments.

Her memberships included the women’s fraternity Alpha Chi Omega, the Gallaudet College alumni association, and the Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf. She was a past secretary of the Maryland Association of the Deaf, her daughter said.

Mrs. Garretson moved to Summerfield about seven years ago.

Her first marriage, to Jim Golden, ended in divorce. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Mervin D. Garretson of Summerfield; five daughters from her second marriage, Randee Garretson of Lutz, Fla., Shelley Garretson of Great Falls, Mont., Kyrie Garretson of Frederick, Kaja Farnsworth of Clarksburg and Kelsi Oswald of Trinity, Fla.; a brother; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

— Emily Langer