In Memoriam: Dr. Bob Laubach

October 26, 2015

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ProLiteracy Board Member and Literacy Pioneer, Dr. Bob Laubach

Pioneer in adult literacy education and New Readers Press founder Dr. Robert S. Laubach (Dr. Bob) passed away on Friday, September 11 at the age of 96.

Dr. Bob and his late father Dr. Frank C. Laubach are credited with teaching more than 100 million adults to read and write in more than 200 languages. Dr. Bob helped his father after Laubach Literacy Inc. was founded in 1955 in Syracuse, NY. Laubach Literacy became one of the founding organizations of ProLiteracy Worldwide in 2002.

Dr. Bob developed literacy primers in local languages and organized literacy programs in more than 60 countries. In 1959, Dr. Bob began publishing News for You, a weekly news source for adult new readers, still in publication today. Just a few years later, he founded New Readers Press, the publishing arm of ProLiteracy, which develops and publishes instructional materials for adult learners and adult education teachers.

Today, New Readers Press has over 400 educational titles that help adults learn how to read, write, and do basic math. Dr. Bob will be greatly missed.

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