Your rich VR Heritage / Fun Friday Special Edition #8: A Fitting Tribute to John W. Dalrymple: Independent Living Crusader
Happy First Friday of 2017!
Hope you all had a great break celebrating with family and friends the past couple of weeks and now have had a nice warm return to your VR family. Prior to the break, we shared a tribute to Bob Philbeck and his cohort of distinguished VR directors. This week we will focus on one individual who is known primarily for his pioneering and unwavering commitment to the establishment and growth of the NC Independent Living Rehabilitation Program. John Dalrymple, whose accomplishments are featured in the slide show below (from a PowerPoint I had originally assembled for his retirement in 2006), served distinguishingly with NC DVRS from 1967-2006 -- 39 years!!
I only recently learned that John Dalrymple was a client of Larry W. Holland (pictured at right), my hiring supervisor, who served as the South Central Regional Director for many years until his retirement in 1996. I did have the benefit of visiting with Larry and John (and others) briefly at Bob’s funeral and am including a photo of Larry taken 12-19-2016. I am presenting this to those of you among us who remember John well and hold him in as high esteem as I do for the major impact he had on the lives of North Carolinians with Disabilities.
May this inspire you in some way as a crusader for the cause we hold dear.