The AHRC New York City Board of Directors, staff, membership, and people supported and their families mourn the passing of AHRC New York City’s former Board Member, and extend sympathy to his beloved and bereaved family. The father of a daughter with an intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD), Al and his late wife Vera worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people with I/DD and their families – work that continued even after the tragic loss of their beloved daughter. Al was a person of great integrity and common sense who helped many others get through the difficult trials in their lives. His commitment to advocacy for people with I/DD was exemplary.
Al served on the AHRC New York City Board of Directors for twenty-six years. He resigned in 2002 because of ill health, but remained an active member of the organization. Al served as AHRC New York City’s President, chaired many committees over the years and was on the NYSARC Board of Governors. He was appointed to the New York State Board of Visitors of Metro NY in 1978 by the Governor and served in that role for two decades including serving as President in 1995 and 1996. Al served in an advisory capacity on many state councils and commissions including the New York State Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled, and the NYS Autism Advisory Council. He was well known and well respected throughout the I/DD community in New York State.
We offer our sincere condolences to his children and grandchildren. Al will be remembered by his “AHRC New York City family” and will be greatly missed.
Laura J. Kennedy, President
Gary Lind, Executive Director