> (c) 1998 Baltimore Sun. All rights reserved.
> Kenneth Jernigan, 71, advocate for the blind
> The Baltimore Sun
> - Wednesday October 14, 1998
> By: Ernest F. Imhoff SUN STAFF
> Edition: F
> Section: News (Local)
> Page: 5B
> Word Count: 630
> TYPE OF MATERIAL: OBITUARY
> Kenneth Jernigan, a relentless fighter for blind people around the
> and president of the Baltimore-based National Federation of the Blind
> from 1968 to 1986, died of lung cancer Monday night at his Irvington
> He was 71.
> During his leadership, the federation became the nation's most
> organization of blind people. Its affiliates increased from 32 states
> 50, Puerto Rico and District of Columbia, while membership grew to
> Euclid Herie of Toronto, president of the World Blind Union, for
> Mr. Jernigan served as president of the North American-Caribbean
> 'Dr. Jernigan influenced the lives of blind persons throughout the
> for more than a half-century. He fought for their inclusion in
> employment and culture. His name will be remembered alongside Louis
> as one of the most influential leaders in the blindness movement.'
> Braille (1809-1852) invented the system of raised dots
> letters that are read by touch. The system has been in declining use
> World War II.
> But Mr. Jernigan said that since November, when doctors told him he
> lung cancer and about a year to live, he had been eager to work on
> projects: a proposed $12 million National Research and Training
> for the Blind at NFB headquarters planned for completion in 2002 and a
> national hiring program involving United Parcel Service.
> 'I have no complaints in my life,' he said. 'I go contented.
> enjoyed my life. I love my friends and those who may have disliked me.'
> Mr. Jernigan's wife of 14 years, Mary Ellen Osborn Jernigan, and
> daughter, Marie Cobb, also of Baltimore, were at his bedside when he
> said Mark Maurer, who succeeded Jernigan as NFB president.
> 'Dr. Jernigan changed our lives and gave us all hope when there
> none,' said Mr. Maurer.
> After high school, Mr. Jernigan built furniture and managed a
> shop in Beech Grove, Tenn. He taught English at the Tennessee School
> the Blind in Nashville from 1949 to 1953.
> After the federation moved from Des Moines to Baltimore in 1978,
> Jernigan supervised the renovation of an old factory that became
> National Center for the Blind at 1800 Johnson Street in South Baltimore.
> He developed the Braille and Technology Center there in 1990,
> what NFB says is more state-of-the art equipment for the blind
> anywhere. He organized a national Braille literacy campaign in 1992
> promote Braille with laws in 30 states favoring its use.
> Mr. Jernigan founded the National Newsline for the Blind in
> allowing blind people to hear daily newspapers such as The Sun read
> synthesized speech over the telephone.
> He wrote more than 100 articles and speeches, edited the
> Monitor, the largest-circulation journal in the blindness field, from
> to 1993, and also edited the federation's large type Kernel Book series.
> One of his last times away from home was at the Canadian Embassy
> Washington last month when he was given an international leadership
> the Winston Gordon Award, for giving blind people 'measurable
> through Newsline.
> 'The real problem of blindness is not loss of eyesight,
> misunderstanding and lack of information,' Mr. Jernigan said. 'If a
> person has proper training and opportunity, blindness can be reduced to
> level of a physical nuisance.'
> He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Passionist Monastery Roman
> Church. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow
> the church on Old Frederick Road and Monastery Avenue.
> In addition to his wife and his daughter, he is survived by a
> Lloyd Jernigan, of Dearborn, Mich.; three grandchildren; and
> More obituaries next page
> Pub Date: 10/14/98
> Copyright The Baltimore Sun 1998
> END OF DOCUMENT
-- This mailing list is sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind, NFB. For more information about the NfB, please call (410) 659-9314, point your internet browser to http://www.nfb.org or Telnet to nfbnet.org.
This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Sun Dec 02 2012 - 01:30:04 PST