We honor here members, friends and supporters of the American Council of the Blind who have impacted our lives in many wonderful ways. If you would like to submit a notice for this column, please include as much of the following information as possible.

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Deaths that occurred more than six months ago cannot be reported in this column.

Clarice R. Arnold

Clarice R. Arnold, 85, of Cumberland and Baltimore, Md., passed away peacefully on Dec. 29, 2011 at Gilcrest Hospice in Baltimore.
Born Feb. 22, 1926 in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Sarah Louise (Eccleston) Rothe and William A. Rothe Sr. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Hugh M. Arnold Sr., her brother William A. Rothe Jr., and her sister Florance "Tiny" Barron. Clarice is survived by her daughter Susan Arnold of Baltimore, her son Hugh Jr. of Cumberland and Baltimore, her brother A. Evans Rothe of Baltimore, a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Arnold of Rockville, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Clarice had been retired from the Social Security Administration and Medstar Health for several years. She enjoyed over 70 years associated with the Maryland School for the Blind, as a student, alumnus and volunteer. She had been active in the Baltimore Blind Bowlers and the American Council of the Blind since their formation in the 1960s.
A memorial service was held Jan. 21 at the Maryland School for the Blind. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Clarice's name be sent to either the Maryland School for the Blind at 3501 Taylor Ave., Baltimore, MD 21236 or Gilcrest Hospice, 11311 McCormick Rd., Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031.

Robert Dawson

(Reprinted from "The Wichita Eagle," Dec. 22, 2011.)
Robert "Bob" Dawson, 87, U.S. Marine Corps (retired), operator of the concession stand at Southwestern Bell, passed away Dec. 20, 2011. His service was held Dec. 23, 2011 at Community of Christ Church. Robert was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Marie Dawson, and a son, John Worthan. Survivors: sons, Bruce Dawson of Liberty, Mo., Mark Dawson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Greg Dawson of Chicago, Ill., Kip Dawson of Wichita, James Worthan of Wichita, Tim Worthan of Portland, Ore., Mark Worthan of Oklahoma, Dave Worthan of Wichita; sister, Dorothy Pond of Andover; 17 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Lynn Dwight Hanson

(Reprinted from "The Bismarck Tribune," Nov. 27, 2011.)
Lynn Dwight Hanson, 58, died Nov. 21, 2011, after complications originating from a pituitary tumor removed in 2001.
Lynn was born on Oct. 25, 1953, in Dickinson, N.D., to Melvin and Evelyn Hanson. Lynn attended school in Bismarck, graduating from Bismarck High School in 1971. Lynn was born with a love for the outdoors. After attending the School of Forestry in Bottineau, N.D., he moved to Kodiak, Alaska and worked in a cannery. In 1981, Lynn returned to Bismarck and opened "Roughrider Hardwoods," a custom woodworking and exotic hardwoods shop. In 1984, Lynn sold his portion of the business.
Lynn loved Montana and moved back to Bozeman to finish up his Fisheries and Wildlife Management Degree. Lynn worked in Pierre, S.D., for the Fisheries and Wildlife Services (FWS) then moved to Vero Beach, Fla. and worked for Sweeney Hardwoods. Around the mid '90s Lynn was determined to obtain his master's and moved back to Bozeman, Mont. There his research and focus was on the pallid sturgeon. In 1998, Lynn landed a temporary job as a fisheries biologist in Leavenworth, Wash.
His life suddenly changed. Lynn became totally blind after being diagnosed with a pituitary tumor and ultimately Addison's disease. In July of 2000 Lynn signed up at the V.A. Hines Rehabilitation Center for the Blind in Chicago, Ill. Lynn found a grant position for the disabled and once again achieved his desire to work for the FWS in Pierre. Lynn attended Community Bible Church in Pierre which became the cornerstone of his life.
In 2006, Lynn traveled to New York where he trained with his new friend and guide dog, Portia, a rambunctious, loving yellow lab. Lynn began to cane several baskets and stands and had his friend John at Roughrider Hardwoods cut oak legs and dowels for him. In April 2011 Lynn became ill.
Blessed to have shared his life are his mother, Evelyn Hanson, Bismarck; three brothers, Gregory Hanson (Debbie), Bismarck; Brian Hanson, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Mark Hanson (Jennifer), Georgetown, Tenn.; two sisters, Diane Kadrmas (Curt) and Valerie Hanson, both from Bismarck; along with eight nieces and nephews and four great-nieces and great-nephews.
Lynn is preceded in death by his father, Melvin Hanson, two uncles, Marvin and Harold Hanson; and two infant nephews.
Special thanks to Lynn's dear, loving friend Dick Veal, who also unfortunately lost his eyesight and who Lynn could count on to get him through computer troubleshooting, cutting massive numbers of wood legs and dowels for caning projects; Tim and Meredith, who were with Lynn years ago in Alaska and the Coast Guard as well as the numerous times they spent with Lynn in Minneapolis hospitals reading the Bible and comforting and cheering him up; First Free Evangelical Church where Lynn was baptized; Pastor Harvey Friez and the Community Bible Church in Pierre, S.D., so highly spoken of by Lynn.
No memorials please, instead, please take someone you know who can't do it alone fishing, hunting, out to eat, or shovel their driveway or buy them some flowers.
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