Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Deaths

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Deaths

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Evelyn J. Rex, a university educator in preparation of teachers of students with visual impairments for 33 years, died December 15, 2009. Born March 31, 1923, Dr. Rex earned a bachelor's degree in education from Southern Illinois University; a master's degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois; and a doctoral degree from Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Rex began her teaching career in the East St. Louis public schools as a first-grade teacher. In 1958, she joined the faculty of the Department of Special Education at Illinois State University (then known as Illinois State Normal University) as an instructor in the program for visually impaired students. Until her retirement from the university in 1991, Dr. Rex was involved in sweeping changes in the field of special education. She was devoted to literacy for students who are visually impaired and to training for teachers of students with special education needs. Dr. Rex wrote extensively and coauthored the seminal textbook Foundations of Braille Literacy, which was published in 1994, by the American Foundation for the Blind, and is still used in university classrooms today.

Leland C. Sanborn, former superintendent of the New York State School for the Blind in Batavia, died December 20, 2009. …

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