Friday, 03 July 2009 00:00
Abilities! held a dedication ceremony on Friday, May 8 at its Albertson headquarters to honor the historic preservation of the office of its founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr.
The permanent exhibition will be known as “Henry Viscardi, Jr.: A Life Remembered.” The office houses personal letters from John F. Kennedy and other U.S. Presidents, historic photographs (Viscardi and Eleanor Roosevelt, among others) and other historic documentation of Viscardi’s pioneering work on behalf of individuals with disabilities.
As a tribute to Dr. Viscardi, his office was left undisturbed since his passing in April, 2004. In November, 2008, the Robert E. and Marie Orr Smith Foundation donated $100,000 to Abilities! to fund the cost of relocating and preserving Dr. Viscardi’s office so it could be used to showcase the life of an extraordinary man who, through his vision and tenacity, significantly improved the lives of thousands of individuals with disabilities.
The dedication, followed by a luncheon, was attended by friends and family of Dr. Viscardi, including Lucile Viscardi, Dr. Viscardi’s wife, as well as donor Robert E. Smith, Abilities! board member Joseph C. Tranfo, and State Senator Craig Johnson.