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Stanford Report, January 12, 2000

Memorial Friday for Earl Schubert, psychoacoustics expert

A service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at Memorial Church for Earl D. Schubert, a longtime faculty member in the Medical Center's Hearing and Speech Sciences program and at the Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). Schubert died Dec. 1 at his campus home. He was 83.

Schubert joined the Medical School faculty in 1964, after teaching audiology at Indiana University and Western Reserve University. After his retirement from the Medical School in 1987, he taught at CCRMA until 1992.

Schubert received his bachelor's degree from Manchester College in 1938 and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa in 1942 and 1948, respectively. His expertise was in psychoacoustics, and in 1979 he edited the volume Psychological Acoustics. Schubert worked with computers to develop an audiological data bank to predict the relative danger of noise pollution.

In addition to his work as an authority in music psychoacoustics and hearing, Schubert is remembered as a committed mentor. "He was the thesis supervisor for quite a number of grad students who worked in both music and audition," said Max Mathews, research professor of music. "He was an excellent supervisor. He gave good advice to his students and also took the time to understand what they were doing," Mathews added.

Schubert was a fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association and the Acoustical Society of America and also was a prolific writer of articles for professional journals.

Schubert is survived by Mid Schubert, his wife of 53 years; brother Glenn Schubert of Yorktown, Ind.; daughter Lee and son-in-law Jed Hepworth of Edina, Minn.; son Vincent and daughter-in-law Kim of Weston, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation or a charity of the donor's choice. SR