Founder of RIT'S Institute for the Deaf Passes Away at 94

07.23.14 | Sarah Harnisch

Robert Panara died of natural causes Sunday in Rochester. He was 94. When he was 10, he contracted meningitis and became deaf. His disability gave him the drive to found Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf-- which today enrolls 15-thousand students a year. The school will hold a memorial tribute to Panera September 12th.