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Burt Boyer to Receive Distinguished Alumnus Award October 4

Louisville, KY (October 2, 2014) – The American Printing House for the Blind (APH), located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, is pleased to announce that Burt Boyer, recently retired from the position as APH’s Early Childhood Project Leader, will receive an honor from Berea College’s Alumni Association. The ceremony will take place October 4 at 10:00 a.m. in the Commons, Woods-Penn, on the Berea Campus, Berea, Kentucky and is part of a three-day reunion for Foundation, Academy, and Knapp Hall*.

Born in 1940 in Middlesboro, Kentucky, Boyer grew up in the mountains of Kentucky, attended Kentucky School for the Blind and, later, the Foundation School in Berea. Boyer has Albinism and is legally blind. He received his undergraduate degree in elementary education/special education from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master’s from Ball State University, and certification to teach people who are visually impaired from Eastern Michigan University.

His professional career spans more than 44 years of serving students with visual impairments. He has worked as a teacher and coach at the Indiana School for the Blind, Principal of the West Virginia School for the Blind, and Superintendent of both the South Dakota and California Schools for the Blind. At age 55, he retired from the California School, but could not stop working. He led the Lion’s Blind Center in Oakland for several years before returning to Kentucky to work at the American Printing House for the Blind, first as a field services representative and later as Early Childhood Project Leader in the Educational Research Department.

About Berea College Alumni Association

The Berea College Alumni Association recognizes the achievements of alumni of Berea College through the awards program. Alumni are considered for both their accomplishments in their professional life as well as their service to their alma mater.

Distinguished Alumnus Award: This award is given to alumni who have (1) achieved distinction in their chosen field; and (2) by application of principles fostered at Berea have done much to enrich the lives of others.

Boyer will receive the award following the Foundation, Academy, and Knapp Hall Reunion*. For more information, visit

*The Academy was created to provide an education for grades 9-12 and was eventually renamed the Foundation School. Knapp Hall was created to provide a training school for teachers.

In 1968, Foundation was closed and merged with the town’s independent school. The Knapp Hall building continues to be used for Education Studies for Berea College students.

In 2006, the Foundation school alumni celebrated their first reunion on the campus of Berea College where it all began. In 2008, the Academy and Knapp Hall alumni joined them in celebrating reunion. The Foundation, Academy and Knapp Hall alumni return back to campus every two years to get together, reminisce and celebrate their time at Berea College.

About the American Printing House for the Blind

The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the world’s largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. Under the 1879 federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for visually impaired students in the U.S. who are working at less than college level. APH manufactures textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and digital formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products.