DEDICATED TO HER PARENTS
The Delphine Alfred Duncan (DAD) Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing was founded in the name of the late deaf parents of the Duncan family on behalf of the Deaf Community they respected and cherished.
Alfred Verette Duncan Sr. – Al – was born on the south side of Chicago, Illinois and became deaf at the age of 6. He attended the Illinois School for the Deaf in Springfield, Illinois and later moved to Berkeley, California.
Al was very athletic and played basketball, baseball and football. From the 1960s to the mid-1970s, he played in the American Athletic Association for the Deaf (AAAD) with the Oakland Silents basketball team. Many loved to see Al’s jazzy style and skill on the basketball court. Al was inducted into the Deaf Hall of Fame in the 1980s.
Delphine P. Duncan, also known as Del, was born in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 2, Del became deaf and attended deaf schools. Later she moved to East Palo Alto, California, where she attended the California School for the Deaf, (CSD) in Berkeley, California.
Delphine graduated from CSD in the late 1950s or early 1960s and attended Gallaudet University. One year later she returned to California and met the love of her life: Alfred Duncan.
Delphine was very active in the Deaf Community. She was a member of the Bay Area Scleroderma Support Group, the Deaf Seniors Club and St. Benedict’s in San Francisco, where Father Jack McMullen presided.