Catherine Kudlick

From the Editor: Dr. Kudlick is a professor of history at the University of California at Davis. She grew up struggling with low vision but having none of the techniques and supports to assist her to live and work efficiently. Even though she has now regained much of her vision, she recognizes in retrospect how much she would have benefited from participation in the National Federation of the Blind. The Kernel Books have played a significant role in her growing understanding of herself and visual impairment. This excerpt from an e-mail message demonstrates the impact Dr. Jernigan had on people he never met:

Dear Barbara,

I read Dr. Jernigan's obituary in yesterday's New York Times and wanted to express my sorrow to you and the NFB. As you know, I'm very new to lots of this, but in the past year a man I never had the good fortune to meet touched me very deeply. It will always be one of my great regrets that I hadn't come to terms with my vision stuff soon enough to have been able to talk to him about history and the rest, but I guess he talked to me, and sometimes dialogues are serial; I feel that I will carry much of what he said into my interactions with students, colleagues, friends, and others, and we will do the talking instead. . . .

I know you are beyond busy, so don't feel you have to write back anytime soon. It's just good to be able to write to you, and I was thinking of you and all the sadness around the loss of Dr. Jernigan, so there. Best of luck in the days and weeks ahead.

Catherine Kudlick