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A funeral will be held at noon Tuesday for Wallace A. Goates, founder of the University of Utah special education department and a clinic preschool for speech- and hearing-impaired children. He died of natural causes May 24, 1996, at LDS Hospital.

Mr. Goates, 88, joined the U. faculty in 1937, first teaching speech and theater and then disorders of communication. The services will be held in the Parleys LDS 3rd Ward chapel, 2615 E. Stringham Ave., where friends may call from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.Burial will be at Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery, 2350 E. 1300 South.

Mr. Goates graduated from the U. of U. and taught at Beaver High School. He received a doctorate from the University of Iowa.

As a speech and hearing clinician, he lectured in the U. College of Medicine and in the departments of psychiatry, anatomy and neurology. He won advanced certification from the American Speech and Hearing Association. He was editor of two national professional journals and lectured widely. After leaving the U. in about 1970, he established the Utah Speech and Hearing Center.