APH Museum Director To Examine Legendary Figure’s Life And Guiding Principles At Hyatt Regency

Micheal Hudson, Director of the Museum at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky, will address the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) 72nd National Convention’s Father Carroll Memorial Luncheon on Thursday, August 17 at 12:30 p.m. in Grand Ballroom 4 of the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel.

The luncheon is an annual event at BVA’s convention. It honors the organization’s National Chaplain who served from 1946 until his unexpected death in 1971. Father Carroll is considered a pioneer and figure of unequalled proportions in the field of blind rehabilitation for his writings and work that began during World War II with the return of service members who had been blinded in combat.

In May of 2014, the APH Museum received a shipping pallet from Boston stacked with 40 cardboard boxes. Transferred to the museum as part of a partnership with the Carroll Center for the Blind to preserve Father Carroll’s legacy, the boxes contained records of much of his life’s work that included a quarter century of service to the Blinded Veterans Association and which Hudson has researched and studied.

Father Carroll himself was the featured luncheon speaker for the organization 21 times between 1946 and 1971. Throughout his tenure he was considered a friend, an advisor, and sometimes, as BVA’s spiritual leader, even a prophet just down from the mountain who could speak to the veterans with gentleness one moment and then become stern. Throughout his life Father Carroll worked to bridge the significant divide between war and civilian blind.

Hudson’s address will be one of several highlights of the BVA convention, which occurs August 14-18. Some 130 blinded veterans and an additional 200 family members, exhibitors, presenters, and friends of BVA will participate in the five-day gathering of business meetings, social events, and educational forums.