August 26, 1924-August 8, 2006
by Frank Kells

Dr. Edwin Druding, born Aug. 26, 1924 in Abington, Pa., died suddenly Aug. 8, 2006 at his home in Glendale, Ariz. He was a long-time member of ACB and held several different offices in the Arizona Council of the Blind. His death was a great shock to all who knew him. He and his wife, Ruth, were strong advocates for the blind and other disability groups throughout Arizona and the United States.

Dr. Druding was well-known here and abroad as a clinical psychologist and hypnotherapist. For over 50 years he taught psychology at Phoenix College and elsewhere. He was a dedicated volunteer with a wry sense of humor. According to his colleagues, "He was willing to do anything and go anywhere if he could help someone in need." If you were stranded after a late Arizona Council meeting, you could count on Edwin to drive you home, even if you lived 20 miles away.

For many years he has assisted Ruth as co-chair of the annual Arizona conventions, but perhaps he is best known for his outstanding job as editor of "Foresight," the Arizona Council newsletter. To most of us who worked with him all these years, it came as quite a surprise to learn that his first name was Charles (and that Edwin was really his middle name).

He is survived by his wife, several children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren, to whom we express our deepest sympathy on behalf of the entire ACB. He will be sorely missed.

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