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Patron Stories: Rollie

Rollie wearing a suit and posing in his kitchen

Roland H. has been a braille patron for five decades – nearly half the time that our organization has been in existence! He is an accomplished organist and dedicated husband, father, grand-father and great-grandfather. He is a loyal patron that has seen many changes at Xavier Society for the Blind over the years, but continues to lend his support in any way he can. We are big fans of his, too! Here is a little more about Rollie:

After high school graduation from the Ohio School for the Blind, I received my bachelor’s degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. From there, I went to Chicago where I received a Master’s degree from DePaul University in organ performance. I began teaching organ and piano and performing in the Chicago area. These performances ranged from Masses, funerals and weddings to substitute organist for the Chicago Cubs and White Sox. For eight years, I hosted a radio show playing the organ. Writing and reading my own commercials was an added joy. Joining the Yamaha Corp. as a concert artist and marketing specialist really changed my life. It required lots of travel, and I really appreciated my guardian angel more than ever.

My greatest blessing is my family; my bride along with three children, seven grand-children and three great grandchildren are a real joy. A common thread running through all these activities is my use and appreciation of the Xavier Society for the Blind. I often read for daily Mass, and use the psalms from Sunday Propers every week. From 1961 through today, many dedicated workers and volunteers have allowed me and many others to borrow their eyes and energy to make our trip to eternity much easier.

All of us at Xavier Society for the Blind thank Rollie for his continued support and encouragement! It is a pleasure to call him one of our own.