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Olin E. Teague

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Olin Teague
Olin E. Teague 94th Congress 1975.jpg
Chair of the House Science Committee
In office
January 3, 1973 – December 31, 1978
SpeakerCarl Albert
Tip O'Neill
Preceded byGeorge P. Miller
Succeeded byDon Fuqua
Chair of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee
In office
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1973
SpeakerSam Rayburn
John William McCormack
Carl Albert
Preceded byEdith Nourse Rogers
Succeeded byWilliam Jennings Bryan Dorn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 6th district
In office
August 24, 1946 – December 31, 1978
Preceded byLuther A. Johnson
Succeeded byPhil Gramm
Personal details
Born(1910-04-06)April 6, 1910
Woodward, Oklahoma, U.S.
DiedJanuary 23, 1981(1981-01-23) (aged 70)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

Olin Earl "Tiger" Teague (April 6, 1910 – January 23, 1981) was a notable World War II veteran and congressional representative for Texas's 6th congressional district for 32 years, from 1946 to 1978. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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- THERE'S MANY VETERANS THAT HAVE BLINDING DISORDERS, PARTICULARLY RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA AND AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION. MACULAR DEGENERATION IS ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT BLINDING DISEASES ACROSS THE POPULATION AS WELL AS IN VETERANS. - DR. PARDUE IS ONE OF MANY RESEARCHERS AT THE ATLANTA VA MEDICAL CENTER WORKING TO HELP RESTORE VISION TO VETERANS. - WE HAVE A VERY EXCITING PROJECT THAT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR SEVERAL YEARS THAT LOOKS AT RETINAL CHIPS BEING IMPLANTED IN THE EYE. - LOOK AWAY. LOOK AT IT. LOOK AWAY. LOOK AT IT. - THAT'S REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT TO VETERANS AS THEY GET OLDER WITH LOW VISION AND EYE DISEASE. IT'S REALLY CRITICAL THAT WE TAKE CARE OF THEIR EYES SO THAT THEY HAVE A BETTER LIFESTYLE AS THEY GET OLDER. - WE'VE DEVELOPED THE RESEARCH TO BE ABLE TO BRING NEW THINGS ON BOARD. SO, FOR EXAMPLE, WE'RE DOING RESEARCH ON THE RETINAL PROSTHETICS. SO PEOPLE WHO HAVE PRETTY PROFOUND VISION LOSS CAN AT LEAST GET BACK FUNCTIONAL VISION SO THAT THEY CAN GET AROUND WITHOUT ASSISTANCE, THEY CAN DO SOME BASIC, EVERYDAY LIFE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT HAVING TO RELY ON SOMEBODY ELSE. - THE MAIN PROJECT IN THE LAB IS USING A RETINAL PROSTHETIC. THIS IS A SMALL IMPLANT THAT HAS A SERIES OF MICRO-PHOTO DIODES ON THEM WHICH ARE LIKE LITTLE SOLAR CELLS, AND WHEN LIGHT HITS THIS SOLAR CELL, IT CREATES ELECTRICAL CURRENT. AND THE IDEA IS THAT THIS COULD BE PUT INSIDE A PERSON'S EYE AND THIS DEVICE WOULD RESTORE VISION. - VA RESEARCHERS ARE ALSO WORKING TO IMPROVE AND DESIGN NEW ASSISTIVE DEVICES FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED AND TO DEVELOP MORE ACCURATE AND EFFICIENT METHODS OF VISION ASSESSMENT. - WE GO BEYOND THE NORMAL TESTING THAT ONE WOULD DO IN A CLINIC LIKE VISUAL ACUITY OR VISUAL FIELD TESTING. WE TRY AND TEST EVERYDAY TASKS, SUCH AS SEARCHING AROUND AND TRYING TO FIND AN OBJECT IN FRONT OF YOU. - SO WHAT OBJECT DO YOU THINK THIS IS? - FISH? - REMEMBER WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE, AND TELL ME WHEN YOU'VE FOUND IT IN THIS PICTURE. - I FOUND IT. - THE TEST ALLOWS US TO BE ABLE TO ASSESS HOW WELL CAN ONE FIND AN OBJECT, ESPECIALLY IN A CLUTTERED ENVIRONMENT. THE MORE SUCCESS WE HAVE IN OUR RESEARCH, THE MORE LIKELY THAT THE VETERANS WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP THEIR OWN LIFE, DO THE HOBBIES THAT THEY LIKE TO DO. BEING ABLE TO DO THE THINGS THAT WE ALL LOVE TO DO IN OUR EVERYDAY LIFE, YOU DON'T MISS THEM UNTIL YOU CAN'T DO THEM, AND THEN YOU REALLY MISS THEM.

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Biography

Early life

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Mena, Arkansas, Teague graduated from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University) in 1932. He joined the Army in 1940 as a lieutenant and was discharged in 1946 as a colonel. He participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, and was a decorated combat veteran of World War II, receiving the Silver Star with two clusters, the Bronze Star, and two Purple Hearts.[1] The nickname "Tiger" came from his play on the football field while in high school.

Congressional career

Representative Olin Teague and other members of the House Committee on Science and Astronautics visited the Marshall Space Flight Center on March 9, 1962, to gather first-hand information of the nation's space exploration program.
Representative Olin Teague and other members of the House Committee on Science and Astronautics visited the Marshall Space Flight Center on March 9, 1962, to gather first-hand information of the nation's space exploration program.

While in Congress, he was the veteran's champion, authoring more veterans' legislation than any congressman before him.[2] He voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964[3] However, he was one of the majority of the Texan delegation to decline to sign the 1956 Southern Manifesto opposing the desegregation of public schools ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education.

He proposed 50 amendments in Congress, including: Providing for the election of President and Vice President; to abolish the electoral college (1953), Provides representation for the people of the District of Columbia (1957), Relative to appointment of postmasters (1959), Proposal with respect to the appointment of postmasters (1961), Empowering Congress to grant representation in the Congress and among the electors of President and Vice President to the people of the District of Columbia (1950 and 1951 and 1953), Equal rights regardless of sex (1967).[4]

He was instrumental in improving benefits for servicemen's survivors. In 1956, he helped overhaul the survivor's benefits, with the creation of the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation. He was also chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs (1955–1972), and chairman of the House Committee on Science and Astronautics (1973–1978). Before 1973, he also chaired the Manned Space Flight Subcommittee and in that capacity oversaw NASA's efforts to place a man on the moon.[5] In 1976, Teague was pivotal in establishing the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Legacy

The Olin E. Teague Veterans Center, a VA hospital and health center in Temple, Texas, was named for him. The VA also presents the annual Olin E. Teague Award for contributions to improving the quality of life of disabled veterans. Also named for him were the Olin E. Teague Research Center at Texas A&M, a space research facility, and the original visitor center at the Johnson Space Center (closed in 1992).

References

  1. ^ Past Chairmen of House Committee on Veteran's Affairs
  2. ^ R. Jim Nicholson (12 October 2005). "Secretary Nicholson Speech: Remarks by The Hon. James Nicholson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs: 25th Annual Olin E. Teague Award". United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved 2006-08-29.
  3. ^ https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/88-1964/h182
  4. ^ "Data.gov Data Set Proposed Amendments".
  5. ^ "A History of the Committee on Science". United States House Committee on Science. Archived from the original on 2006-08-24. Retrieved 2006-08-29.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Luther A. Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 6th congressional district

1946–1978
Succeeded by
Phil Gramm
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