Dr. Robert C. Fifer
Inducted 2006

Robert Fifer graduated from Abraham Lincoln in 1970 and then received a degree in Speech Language Pathology with minors in deaf education and military science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and continued his education at Central Michigan University where he earned a Masters in Audiology.

Dr. Fifer entered into active duty at the Clark Air force Base hospital in the Philippines.  He then transferred to the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center serving as a staff audiologist and later as the assistant chief.  He earned a PhD in Audiology and Bioacoustics from Baylor College of Medicine during that time.  He returned to the Medical Center as Chief of Audiology.

Dr. Fifer became the Director of Audiology at the Carle Clinic in Urbana, Illinois and also a visiting professor at the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Illinois.  He has served as the Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami School of Medicine.  He has also served as the Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Screening Team at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University.

Today, Dr. Fifer has numerous roles at the University of Miami including: the Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the director of the division of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.  He also is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Catholic University of Argentina School of Medicine.

Dr. Fifer is the President of the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and an advisor to the Florida Department of Health, Childrenís Medical Services, and the American Medical Association.  Dr. Fifer remains a consultant for the Florida Medicaid Program.  He also takes on the role as a husband and father.

Robert Fiferís willingness to teach others, service those in need, and support his family makes him a worthy Abraham Lincoln Hall of Fame recipient.

Photo submitted by Melanie Shellberg
Dr. Fifer presenting his acceptance speech March 30, 2006
Dr. Fifer and Melanie Shellberg, A.L. Principal