News from the Hall of Fame

August 31, 2016
In Memoriam Will D. Evans

The Hall has lost a hero and champion in the passing of founding advisory board member Will D. Evans. Twice honored with stones on the Wall of Tribute, this remarkable man was beloved by all who knew him.

Will Evans and Mary Robinson

Will D. Evans was legendary, both at the Kentucky School for the Blind and later at the American Printing House for the Blind for his insight, wisdom, and passion for helping people who are blind and visually impaired lead independent lives. Evans retired from APH as our Products and Services Advisor and was known as an “elder statesman” who had thoughtful perspectives on all aspects of our field. Many staff members went to Evans for advice, both professionally and personally. He will be greatly missed.

The photo depicts Will Evans with Mary Robinson. Robinson worked with Will for many years at both KSB and APH. Will is holding his “street sign,” reading “Will Evans Way.” The driveway that runs between KSB and APH is named “Will Evans Way” in his honor.

http://arch-l-heady-son-cralle.tributes.com/dignitymemorial/obituary/Will-D.-Evans-103898067

June 16, 2016
Sir Charles Frederick Fraser and Dr. Randall T. Jose to be Inducted into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field in 2016

The Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the tradition of excellence manifested by specific individuals through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired in North America. Although housed at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky, it belongs to the entire field.

Induction Ceremony

The ceremony to induct Fraser and Jose, will take place on Friday evening, October 7, 2016, in conjunction with APH’s 148th Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Joining the fifty-six outstanding legends previously inducted, are these two remarkable figures whose innovations changed lives. Their stories of accomplishment are powerful.

The Class of 2016:

Additional information regarding the 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will soon appear on the APH website, www.aph.org. Visit the Hall of Fame website at www.aph.org/hall for information on the Hall and those inducted.

Please make your plans to join us!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

Questions? Please contact Janie Blome, Hall Curator, at 800/223-1839, ext. 367 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Sincerely,

The Hall of Fame Voluntary Governing Board, Billy Brookshire (TX), Chair

Hall of Fame: Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field is a project of the entire field of blindness, curated by the American Printing House for the Blind, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

2016 Hall of Fame Nominations Now Being Accepted!

Who should be the next inductees into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field? If you are interested in learning more about the easy (electronic) process for submitting a nominee to join the 56 inductees, please visit: www.aph.org/hall/nominate/.

The nomination process will close Thursday, March 31, 2016.

New at the Hall of Fame website:

JOHN MAXSON, former Hall of Fame Board Member, passes away

Board chair Billy Brookshire shares:

Well, folks, I have some sad news. My friend & mentor John Maxson, former AAWB President & former Training Director at MSU/RRTC, has passed. John was a true pioneer in our field who helped bring us all together.

Here is a link to a video where John & friends unveiled the 32 Heroes & Pioneers of the Blindness Field, all of whom became the first inductees into the Hall of Fame for Leaders & Legends of the Blindness Field.

BJ LeJeune’s note regarding John’s passing on AERNet: Yesterday John passed away – one day before his 73rd Birthday. He was a strong advocate for high quality professional development and recognition. He was instrumental in the merging of our 2 professional organizations into what is now AER. He also was a strong advocate in the founding of the Hall of Fame of Leaders and Legends in our field. In his career which started as an O & M instructor, he also was the Dean of Students at the NM School for the Blind, pass director of AAWB, the training director at the NRTC at MSU, and the director of the Foundation for Blind Children. He had suffered quite a bit with the ravages of Agent Orange poisoning from his service in Vietnam, which is what contributed to his death. He is survived by his wife Dona and his daughters Jenny and Kym. Also by 6 grandchildren. He will have a military burial in Crescent City CA. The family asks that donations be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Vietnam Veterans of America. He would have also been pleased by donations to the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends in the Blindness Field. Rest in Peace, John.

Fresh Insights from Jo Taylor

For the first time, you can enjoy a never before published 1987 interview with Josephine L. Taylor, gently edited by the original interviewer, Michael Bina. This historic narrative provides the reader with a unique glimpse in to the life and motivation of one of our most legendary figures. You will most assuredly enjoy and gain valuable insights from this fascinating find.

Our sincere gratitude to Dr. Bina for giving the Hall this amazing gift.

May 12, 2015
Sir Francis Campbell and Dr. Alan Koenig to be Inducted into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field in 2015

The Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the tradition of excellence manifested by specific individuals through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired in North America. Although housed at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky, it belongs to the entire field.

The ceremony to induct Campbell and Koenig, will take place on Friday evening, October 9, 2015, in conjunction with APH’s 147th Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Joining the fifty-four outstanding legends previously inducted, are these two remarkable figures who changed lives around the world. Their stories of accomplishment are powerful.

The Class of 2015

Additional information regarding the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will soon appear on the APH website, www.aph.org. Visit the Hall of Fame website at www.aph.org/hall/ for information on the Hall and those inducted.

May 12, 2015

AER “Heroes And Pioneers” Presentation, July 2000

Recovered from the dark archival depths of a neglected desk drawer, we present this video from the year 2000 at the AER International Conference in Denver, Colorado. The presentation, “Heroes and Pioneers,” was the catalyst for our Hall of Fame.

Stars on the stage are Michael Nelipovich, Rod Kossick, and John Maxson. The biographical material was researched and written by Dean and Naomi Tuttle, who were in the audience.

The 32 heroes that they honored with individual posters became our first 32 Hall of Fame inductees.

February 9, 2015

2015 Hall of Fame Governing Board

In December 2014, the Hall of Fame Board traveled to Louisville for the first “face to face” meeting since 2008. At that meeting Billy Brookshire was elected as the new Chair. Sadly, the board had to say goodbye to the voting members rotating off the board, including Janie Blome, Mike Cole, John Maxson, and Diane Wormsley. The board welcomed new members by telephone, including Jim Deremeik, Marje Kaiser, BJ LeJeune, Gary Mudd, Ann Wadsworth, and George Zimmerman. Janie Blome became an Ex Officio Trustee and took over as Curator from Bob Brasher, who remains as an Ex Officio Trustee. At a telephone meeting in January, the officers for 2015 were elected.

Here is the 2015 slate of officers and Hall of Fame board member roster:

December 30, 2014

Kathleen Huebner writes:
One of our Hall of Famers has passed on to another life. Natalie Barraga was a leader among us. She recognized the potential of individuals with low vision. I urge all my colleagues in the education and rehabilitation of individuals who are blind or have low vision to visit the Hall of Fame site located at APH. Besides her history there are interviews and videos and many photos of her smiling and laughing heartily. Many of us were privilege to not only learn from her but to work with her and enjoy her friendship. She will live on in many hearts.

December 10, 2014

The Board of the Hall of Fame for the Blindness Field met in Louisville (December 9-10) for the first face-to-face meeting since 2008.

First picture:

1st row — Rosanne Silberman (NY), Jane Erin, Chair (AZ), Ann MacCuspie, Secretary (CAN).

2nd row — Greg Goodrich (CA), Janie Blome, Tresurer (KY), Bob Brasher, Curator (KY), Jim Deremeik (MD), Mike Cole (CA), Billy Brookshire, Chair-Elect (TX).

formal group photo, see description above

Jim Deremeik, Mike Cole, Ann MacCuspie, and Jane Erin Mike Cole checks out Newel Perry's plaque

Rosanne Silberman and Bob Brasher at Wall of Tribute

September 17, 2014
In Memoriam Richard Welsh

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Dr. Richard Welsh. Welsh was born in Pittsburgh, PA and received his doctorate in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. He had three adult children and five grandchildren. He remarried in 2001 to fellow professional and APH staff member Mary Nelle McLennan.

Welsh was an instructor at Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, at the University of Pittsburgh, and then at Cleveland State University. Beginning in 1978, Welsh served as Superintendent of the Maryland School for the Blind. From 1990 until 2003 he was an administrator of Pittsburgh Vision Services. Welsh served as an Ex Officio Trustee of APH and provided his valued input on many Trustee committees.

The remarkable contributions to his chosen profession centered around Welsh’s visionary leadership in orientation and mobility. He was instrumental in establishing the O&M profession’s Code of Ethics. Welsh, along with co-editor Bruce Blasch, wrote the authoritative textbook Foundations of Orientation and Mobility. He also wrote many articles and chapters in texts on mobility and on the psycho-social aspects of rehabilitation of the people who are visually impaired.

Among the many honors Welsh received are the Migel medal from AFB in 2004, NCPABVI Leadership Award in 2003, AER’s Ambrose Shotwell Award in 1996, AER’s Lawrence Blaha Award in 1988 and the C. Warren Bledsoe Award from AAWB in 1981. Professional awards were named in his honor, and he was named the 2008 Distinguished Alumni of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. Welsh was inducted into the blindness field’s Hall of Fame in 2008.

Welsh’s accomplishments are too numerous to list here, for more information on his extraordinary life, visit Welsh’s Hall of Fame biography page. Rick has been described as “larger than life,” a visionary leader, very humble, approachable and a wise mentor and role model who quietly listened to others and made them feel valued.

May 20, 2014
Michael Collins and Newel Perry to be Inducted into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field in 2014

The Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the tradition of excellence manifested by specific individuals through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired in North America. It is housed at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky, but belongs to all.

The ceremony to induct Collins and Perry, will take place on Friday evening, October 17, 2014, in conjunction with APH’s 146th Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Joining the fifty-two outstanding legends previously inducted, are these two remarkable figures who changed lives around the world. Their stories of accomplishment are powerful.

The Class of 2014:

Additional information regarding the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will soon appear on the APH website, www.aph.org. Visit the Hall of Fame website at http://www.aph.org/hall/ for information on the Hall and those inducted.

April 2, 2014
In Memoriam: Alice Geisler Raftary (1927–2014)

Alice smiling with flowers

On Sunday morning, March 30, we lost a true friend and hero when Alice Raftary, often called the Mother of Rehabilitation Teaching, passed away quietly. Alice was one of the initial 32 inductees in to the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field in 2002. From that time forward, Alice became an ardent fan of, and asset to, the Hall. She participated in subsequent Induction Ceremonies through this past October, always intent on honoring those who were inducted and/or their families and friends. On the morning after the Induction Ceremonies, she often co-hosted a visit with the new inductees and/or their families in the Hall of Fame.

Alice put her life’s work in perspective this way, “It’s exciting to participate in the restoration of life styles. Helping people to progress from hopelessness to confidence and competence is a thrill and a joy.”

In a January 2014 interview for the Hall, Mike Bina asked Alice; What are three to five pieces of advice you would give those in the field? Her response, “Invest your time and some money into the growth of your profession. Join and be active in your professional associations (AERBVI, MACRT), go to conferences, etc. Continue to learn new techniques and new systems. Share your expertise. Mentor others in the field and encourage others to work in the field of blindness.”

Alice’s daughter and our friend, Mary, shared that, “we are suggesting donations in Mom’s name to the Hall of Fame.”

Her legacy of support and participation continues.

A Memorial Service is planned for June.

January 8, 2014
2014 Hall of Fame Nominations Now Being Accepted

Who should be the next inductees into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field?

If you are interested in learning more about the easy (electronic) process for submitting a nominee to join the 52 inductees, please visit: www.aph.org/hall/nominate/.

The nomination process will close Friday, March 28, 2014.

September 11, 2013
Hall of Fame Then and Now, Revisited!

Hall of Fame space in 1931, when it housed the APH machine shop.
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In 2010, we posted before and after renovation pictures of the Hall of Fame space. APH Museum Director Mike Hudson recently shared this photo of that same space circa 1931. The far wall is the Wall of Tribute.

Mike adds, “That floor (of APH) was added in 1927, and until 1931 it housed all of our presses. They were moved to the basement in 1931, but the machine shop stayed there until the late 30s, when it moved off-site along with all of our other presses. I have other photos of the floor showing presses, but that one is unique because of the angle—it is similar to the before and after shots you took of the Hall of Fame…”

August 30, 2013
Online Donations Now Possible

It is now easier than ever before to support the Hall of Fame: Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field, thanks to our new Online Donation Page. Earmark your donation to sponsor a bas-relief plaque, or simply make a general donation. NEW! Ordering Wall of Tribute stones is now possible online as well.

May 17, 2013
Martha Louise Morrow Foxx and Laurence Clifton Jones to be Inducted into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field in 2013

The Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the tradition of excellence manifested by specific individuals through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired in North America. It is housed at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky, but belongs to all.

The ceremony to induct Ms. Foxx and Dr. Jones, connected through their work at Mississippi’s Piney Woods Country Life School, will take place on Friday evening, October 18, 2013 in conjunction with APH’s Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Joining the 50 outstanding legends previously inducted, are these two remarkable historic figures who literally changed lives and altered history. Their stories of accomplishment—in the face of staggering odds—are still powerfully touching lives. Dr. Jones and Ms. Foxx opened, and held open, a door that was seen as forever closed to black Americans, including those who were blind. Their heroic actions were not accomplished without personal danger and danger to their fellow workers, their supporters, and students in their charge.

The Class of 2013:


Helen Keller visits the Piney Woods School in 1945. Dr. Jones and Mrs. Foxx are seated on the first row to the far right.

For additional information on Dr. Jones, Ms. Foxx and the Piney Woods School, visit this website: http://captionmax.com/blog/2012/02/dr-laurence-jones-martha-louise-morrow-foxx/ or the Piney Woods School website: http://www.pineywoods.org/

Additional information regarding the 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will soon appear on the APH website, www.aph.org. Visit the Hall of Fame website at www.aph.org/hall for information on the Hall and those inducted.

Dean and Naomi Tuttle Honored for their Work

All Hall of Fame biographies through 2011 were written by Dean and Naomi Tuttle.

On behalf of the Governing Board of the Hall of Fame for the Blindness Field, Dr. Kay Ferrell framed and presented Dr. Dean and Naomi Tuttle with a copy of the engraved stone that is now mounted on the Wall of Tribute in the Hall of Fame. This tribute honors Dean and Naomi for creating the first 48 Hall of Fame Inductee biographies! As the stone states: Their words truly do bring our heroes to life. The Board also thanks the many fans and friends of the Tuttles whose donations made this possible.

May 30, 2012
Phil Hatlen and Pete Wurzburger to be Inducted into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field in 2012

The Hall of Fame for the Blindness Field is housed at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky. The Hall, which belongs to the entire field of blindness, is dedicated to preserving the tradition of excellence manifested by specific individuals through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired in North America.

To date, forty-eight outstanding professionals have been inducted into the Hall. Joining those legends are two remarkable icons, each of whom has mentored professionals and consumers throughout their careers and as a result their impact will be felt for generations to come.

The ceremony to induct Dr. Phil Hatlen and Mr. Pete Wurzburger will take place on Friday evening, October 12, 2012 in conjunction with APH’s Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Class of 2012:

Additional information regarding the 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will soon appear on the APH website, www.aph.org.

Visit the Hall of Fame website at www.aph.org/hall for information on the Hall and those inducted.

Rod Kossick video interviews: Warren Bledsoe, Russell Williams, and Stanley Suterko

Watch these uncut video interviews from Rod Kossick with Hall of Famers Warren Bledsoe, Russell Williams, and Stanley Suterko.

2011 Induction Ceremony Videos Are Available

Class of 2011: Edward Ellis Allen; Sally Rogow

Video: Jim Deremiek: Opening Remarks and History


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Video: 2011 Induction Ceremony


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Video: Sally Rogow Response


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2010 Induction Ceremony Videos Are Available

Class of 2010: Morris Frank; M.C. Migel

Hall of Fame 2010 Induction Ceremony


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Morris Frank


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May 31, 2011
Sally Rogow and Edward Allen to be Inducted into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field

The Hall of Fame for the Blindness Field, founded in 2001, is housed at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky. The Hall, which belongs to the entire field of blindness, is dedicated to preserving the tradition of excellence manifested by specific individuals through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired in North America. The Hall is guided by a nine member Governing Board.

To date, forty-six outstanding professionals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining those legends are two remarkable icons whose impact has been felt internationally. The ceremony to induct Dr. Sally Rogow and Dr. Edward Allen will take place Friday evening, October 14, 2011, in conjunction with APH’s Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Class of 2011:

Additional information regarding the 2011 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will soon appear on the APH website, www.aph.org.

Visit the Hall of Fame website at www.aph.org/hall for information on the Hall and those inducted.

May 11, 2010
Morris Frank and M. C. Migel will be Inducted into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field

The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field, founded in 2001, is housed at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky. The Hall, which belongs to the entire field of blindness, is dedicated to preserving the tradition of excellence manifested by specific individuals through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired in North America. The Hall is guided by a nine member Governing Board.

To date, forty-four outstanding professionals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining those legends are two remarkable icons from our past whose impact is still felt internationally. The ceremony to induct M. C. Migel and Morris Frank will take place Friday evening, October 15, 2010 in conjunction with APH’s Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Class of 2010:

January 1, 2010
Hall of Fame Then and Now

Hall of Fame space before the renovation
Hall of Fame space after the renovation

The first photo shows the cleared Hall space in December of 2001. The second photo was December of 2010. Both were taken in approximately the same place with approximately the same people.

First photo: Don Keefe, Bob Brasher, Janie Blome, Gary Mudd, Will Evans
Second photo: Paul Zurkuhlen, Bob Brasher, Janie Blome, Gary Mudd, Will Evans

 

May 7, 2009
Two Legends to Enter the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field in 2009

The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field, founded in 2001, is housed at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky. The Hall, which belongs to the entire field of blindness, is dedicated to preserving the tradition of excellence manifested by specific individuals through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired in North America. The Hall is guided by a nine member Governing Board.

To date, forty-two outstanding professionals who made significant contributions to the field of blindness have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Now joining those legends are two remarkable individuals who will be inducted on Friday evening, October 16, 2009 during a ceremony that will be held in conjunction with APH’s Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests, at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Class of 2009:

2008 Induction Ceremony Video Is Available

Class of 2008: Sally Mangold, Ph.D.; Richard L. Welsh, Ph.D.

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Bonus Movie! The Stone Presentations to Susan Spungin and Bob Brasher are also available:

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May 29, 2008
Two Giants to Enter the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field in 2008

The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field, founded in 2001, is housed at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louis-ville, Kentucky. The Hall, which belongs to the entire field of blindness, is dedicated to preserving the tradition of excellence manifested by specific individuals through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired in North America. The Hall is guided by a nine member Advisory Board.

To date, forty outstanding professionals who made significant contributions to the field of blindness in the recent and distant past have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Now joining those legends are two remarkable individuals who will be inducted on Friday evening, October 3, at a ceremony that will be held in conjunction with APH’s Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests.

The Class of 2008:

The entire historic 2002 Induction Ceremony is now available for viewing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53WeSadxzNQ

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Virtual Tour of the Hall of Fame Now Online

2007 Induction Ceremony Video Is Available

Class of 2007: Charles F.F. Campbell; “Butch” Hill

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New Video on Biography Pages

To view historic footage of meetings, dedications, and interviews with Georgie Lee Abel, Kathern Gruber, Berthold Lowenfeld, and Josephine Taylor, visit their Hall of Fame biography pages. The Hall gratefully acknowledges Dr. Phil Hatlen for providing these amazing videos.

New Video on the Website: AER/Hall of Fame Connections

This eight-minute Hall of Fame Video was produced for a general session of the 2006 AER International Conference in Utah. The video highlights the various AER connections with the Hall of Fame, including many of the engraved stones that appear on the Wall of Tribute.

Due to the popular demand after that viewing, DVDs of the presentation were sent to all AER chapters, divisions, and International officers. Now we have made the video available here on our website. Please feel free to share this video with any person or group who might be interested in AER and the Hall of Fame.

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May 21, 2007
Two Giants to Enter the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field in 2007 Induction

The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field, founded in 2001, is housed at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky. The Hall, which belongs to the entire field of blindness, is dedicated to preserving the tradition of excellence manifested by specific individuals through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired in North America. The Hall is guided by a nine member Advisory Board.

To date, thirty-eight outstanding professionals who made significant contributions to the field of blindness in the recent and distant past have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Now joining those legends is the Class of 2007, made up of two remarkable individuals who will be inducted in October at a ceremony that will be held in conjunction with APH’s 139th Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests.

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The Class of 2007:

April 3, 2007
We’ve Decked the Hall with a New Website Design!

Anne Sullivan's Hall of Fame Plaque

We’re excited to launch our redesign of the virtual Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field.

The wealth of information on the Hall of Fame site has been reorganized for easier navigation. The site features: