[dbmat] Re: Fwd: [AVIT] Sad news about the passing of Phil Hatlen on Thursday morning

  • From: "chunley@xxxxxxx" <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> (Redacted sender "chunley" for DMARC)
  • To: dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:14:43 -0600

As I remember Dr. Hatlen, when DBMAT was young (10 yrs), we housed at TSB
campus and met in one of the buildings for our meetings. Dr.Hatlen would invite
the families to his back yard for a barbecue family social. He was so gracious
to have us at his home and would meet each family. 

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From: Pwelch <pwelch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 01/15/2016 7:44 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [dbmat] Fwd: [AVIT] Sad news about the passing of Phil Hatlen on
Thursday morning

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 It is with a heavy heart that we share with you that Dr. Phil Hatlen passed
away this morning.  We have lost the presence of a talented, generous, loving
friend.  Yet….his legacy will live on!!   He was living in California for a
number of years, since his retirement as superintendent of TSBVI.  He passed
away in California.  Phil has been honored many times with prestigious awards
for his lifetime of achievement in the field of blindness.As you know, Phil was
a consummate leader who authored articles and chapters in books that have
enlightened us and brought new advancements in teaching children, a teacher of
students with visual impairments, a leader of university teacher training
programs to teach children who are blind or have low vision,  a developer of
system change steps to improve the educational system in America for children
who are visually impaired,  researcher to find new educational approaches, a
friend with conviction to his mission in life, and a person who supported
families in their quest to dream big.    I personally am reflecting upon the
many years spent alongside him with building AVIT and with the creation of the
National Agenda for the Education of Children and Youths with Visual
Impairments,  Including  those with Multiple Disabilities and the subsequent
numerous activities and projects we uplifted from its ten goals.   He is known
far and wide for his work with the creation of the National Agenda’s Goal 8
----the Expanded Core Curriculum.   Here are a  few heartfelt quotes from
today’s exchange of emails from colleagues ……who admired Phil.  He is my ECC
hero.Words can’t express my sorrow.What a loss to our field, but it’s so much
better since he was in it. OMG…this is sad news..but what a true leader he
was.He was dedicated to his work and was generous in sharing his expertise.He
was a giant in the field of blindness services whom I was proud and privileged
to call a friend.  Phil was honored by being inducted in 2012 to the Hall of
Fame -- Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field. This Hall of Fame is housed
at American Printing House for the Blind (APH).  You may read more about Phil’s
work and mission in life at http://www.aph.org/hall/inductees/hatlen/ In his
own words………his message to the field.  Stand tall, be proud of your profession.
Decide what your "bottom line" is, and do not compromise. Commit to your
fundamental truths, and live your profession by not compromising. Be gentle, be
creative, and respect the dignity of all children. Love life, work hard, live
with a passion for everything that you do. Laugh a lot, and help your students
to learn to laugh.  From the Executive Board of AVIT Sincerely, Nancy, Cyral,
and Mary Ann   Mary Ann Siller, M.Ed. AVIT Treasurer National Consultant in
Blindness and Low Vision ServicesDallas, TexasCell: 214-448-6068 


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