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Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Rufus Grason, 88, of Lincoln


Rufus L. Grason of Lincoln, a pioneer in the field of hearing tests, has died. He was 88.

"He was enormously inventive technically," his longtime business partner, Steven Stadler says in a Globe obituary today. "He had great authority when he spoke with scientists."

In 1952, he helped develop one of the first audiometers, and between 1970 and 1978, he came up with five new audiometer models and two middle-ear analyzers. The hearing test devices became mandatory in many elementary schools.

"He was a very quiet, family-oriented man, and yet he was known around the world in his specific area of specialty," said his daughter Kathryn Ramon of Lincoln.

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