Class of 1943
Alan graduated in 1943 and almost
before he had his mortarboard off, through some clerical error in the Army, he
found himself at the landing at Anzio in Italy. A piece of shrapnel hit him across
his eyes leaving him alive but totally blind. He was returned to the States and
went through several years of rehabilitation, which really wasn't through until
the war was over in 1945.
From there his career was only up. He attended
Union College and graduated in 1949, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. This
by only being read to! (He never learned Braille) He went on to Harvard in 1950
and got his PhD. From there he went to the University of Pittsburgh and eventually
to Stanford University as a full Professor.
He was published several times
during these years, all on subjects relating to the blind and assimilating them
into the mainstream of society.
Alan died of a heart attack in 1987 and
through the efforts of his brother Owen and friends; arrangements were made to
have his ashes interred in Arlington Cemetery. The ceremony was attended by Owen
(Class of 40), Bob Butler and Mike Benkert (also 1940), Shirley Helms (widow of
Tom Helms), Ralph Heilman (1942) and Harry Wilcox (1943)
Out of that day
came this "Memory" which was read on Memorial Day 1990 at the presentation
of his burial flag to the Bell School, which was raised by "Zipper"
Zingone and Bob Butler and then lowered to half-mast.