PASSINGS

It has come to our attention that we are rapidly losing members of our community, friends and supporters of ACB. In order to honor these people whose lives have impacted us, in large and small ways, we are publishing this column. See below for the format in which to submit information.

Obituary Format

Please include as much of the following information as possible when submitting material for this column. Submissions must involve dates no more than six months from intended date of publication.

Name (first, last, maiden if appropriate)

City of residence (upon passing)

State/province of residence (upon passing)

Other cities/states/countries of residence (places where other blind people may have known this person)

Occupation

Date of death (day if known, month, year)

Age

ACB affiliation (local/state/special-interest affiliates or national committees)

MORLOCK, ALBERT

Albert "Bert" Morlock, 72, died Jan. 3, 2010. He was one of the founding members of the Gopher State Blind Associates, which later became the Minnesota state affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. Bert was an active member of the American Council of the Blind of Minnesota (ACBM) and received the first ACBM life membership during the 2009 state convention.

A tireless worker for the rights and dignity of people who are blind, Bert championed many causes throughout his life. Most importantly, Bert lived an independent life where he did and "saw" more things than many other people, sighted or blind. He had a wicked sense of humor and could tell a story like no other person, including Minnesota's own Garrison Keillor. Bert was blessed with grandchildren in his later years and would not hesitate to talk about them whenever the opportunity arose.

Bert retired after 26 years with the Minnesota State Services for the Blind as a management coordinator. He was always generous in life. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that memorials be made to the Communications Center at State Services for the Blind or Vision Loss Resources.

He will be missed by everyone in the Minnesota blind community as well as by everyone who came to know him well.

-- Bob Lockwood (with excerpts from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune)