APH News & Press
Two Legends to Enter the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field in 2009
June 1, 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:
Dr. Euclid Herie exhibited tremendous leadership and vision as President of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and as President of the World Blind Union. This inspiring and committed leader has continued to exemplify his strong advocacy for braille by establishing, in his retirement, a foundation to help implement braille literacy programs in developing countries. Dr. Herie has received many honors, including his 2001 appointment as CNIB President Emeritus. In 2002 he received AER’s Ambrose M. Shotwell Award. Herie is also the recipient of the Queen’s 50th Anniversary Commemorative Medal and the Canadian Government’s prestigious Member of the Order of Canada.
"Aside from his technical skills and brilliance as a public speaker, I value most highly his warmth of personality and ability to touch the lives of disempowered people." William Rowlan
Dr. Dean Tuttle served as the innovative Principal of the California School for the Blind before joining the faculty of the University of Northern Colorado where he created one of the finest, most respected teacher preparation centers in visual impairment in the country. His 58 publications include the classic text, Self-Esteem and Adjusting with Blindness, co-authored with his wife Naomi. Honors and awards include APH’s Wings of Freedom (2004), AFB’s Migel Medal (2000), and CEC/DVI’s Distinguished Service Award (1991).
"We should all be thankful that Dean Tuttle is blind. For in being blind, he has given us a legacy of insight and self examination that has provided new understandings about the children we teach." Dr. Kay A. Ferrell
Additional information regarding the 2009 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_fame/news.html for information on the Hall and those who have been inducted.
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 (APH), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
*The Hall of Fame Governing Board
Jim Deremeik (MD), Chair
Kathleen Huebner (PA), Vice Chair
Pat Smith (AR), Secretary
Janie Blome (KY), Treasurer
Billy Brookshire (TX)
Mike Cole (CA)
Jane Erin (AZ)
Elton Moore (MS)
Diane Wormsley (NC)
Cay Holbrook, (CAN) Past Chair