Educator; rehabilitation counselor; consultant. Born– March 20, 1937, Winfield, Marion County. Parents– Ferman Hill and Bertha (Milner) Couch. Married– Helen Gibbs Daniel, March 11, 1959. Children– Three. Education– Attended Florence State College (now University of North Alabama), 1955-1957; Alabama College at Montevallo (now the University of Montevallo), A.B., 1960, M.A.T., 1962; further study at New York University and the University of North Carolina; Auburn University, Ed.D., 1973. Taught at Montevallo High School, 1960-1962; supervised a rehabilitation research and demonstration project at the Darden Rehabilitation Center at Alabama School of Trades in Gadsden, 1962-1964; rehabilitation counselor in the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services at Montgomery, 1964-1967; employed at Auburn University after 1967,  as Coordinator of Rehabilitation Services, professor, and head of the Department of Rehabilitation and Special Education. Served as state and national president of the division for Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (a division of the National Rehabilitation Association.) Awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award in 1990; Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1992 Recipient of the the Alabama Society for Crippled Children and Adults Professional Award and the National Paul Hoffman Award of the Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association. The College of Education at Auburn established the Robert H. Couch Award in his honor. Died December 2, 2013.


Sketch “About the Author” in Every Day is Easter in Alabama, Auburn University website, materials in the library at Jacksonville State University, obituary.


Camp ASCCA-Easter Seals; Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults; A Historical Sketch.  Auburn, Al: Couch, 1996.

Every Day is Easter in Alabama; the History of the Alabama Society for Crippled Children and Adults, 1926-1976. Troy, Ala.; Troy State University Press, 1976.

Fifty-Five at Twenty-Five; the History of Winfield High School’s Class of 1955, 1942-1980. Auburn, Ala.; Author, 1980.

One Alabama Couch Family.  Auburn, Al;  R. H. Couch, 1981.

Rehabilitation Facility Attendance of the Disadvantaged; A Comparison of Tangible and Intangible Reinforcers.  Auburn University Dissertation, 1973.

Winfield Remembered.  Auburn, Al.; Couch and Elrod, 1991.


(with Jack Hawkins). Out of Silence and Darkness; the History of Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, 1858-1983. Troy, Ala.; Troy State University Press, 1983.