Doug Bahl, advocate for Minnesota deaf community, dies

A St. Paul man known as an advocate for the deaf in Minnesota, Doug Bahl, has died while on a vacation trip in Arizona. He was 63.

Bahl’s mother, Verna Bahl, says he died January 21st of pancreatic cancer at Hospice of the Valley in Surprise, Arizona.

Bahl encouraged hundreds to both learn American Sign Language and teach it.

Since 1990, Bahl worked as an ASL interpreter training instructor at St. Paul College. Before that, he taught for 15 years at Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in Faribault.

Bahl forced the St. Paul Police Department and Ramsey County Jail to make changes to better accommodate hard-of-hearing inmates, after he was pulled over in a traffic stop in 2006.

Funeral arrangements are pending.