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  • 1936
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  • Services for Mrs. Anne Sullivan Macy, for fifty years the devoted teacher and friend of Helen Keller, were held Thursday at the Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, Manhattan. Mrs. Macy died last Tuesday at her home, 71-11 Seminole Avenue. She was seventy. The church was filled and hundreds stood outside as the quartet of Marble Collegiate Church opened the services with 'Nearer My God To Thee'. Describing Mrs. Macy as the "great emancipator", the... more
    Services for Mrs. Anne Sullivan Macy, for fifty years the devoted teacher and friend of Helen Keller, were held Thursday at the Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, Manhattan. Mrs. Macy died last Tuesday at her home, 71-11 Seminole Avenue. She was seventy. The church was filled and hundreds stood outside as the quartet of Marble Collegiate Church opened the services with 'Nearer My God To Thee'. Describing Mrs. Macy as the "great emancipator", the Rev. Dr. Emerson Fosdick, who delivered the eulogy, said that 'the consequences of her work will be a shining beacon to blind people all over the world for generation after generation.' A Great Artist. 'We stand in awe of her great achievement,' he continued. 'We see that her outstanding qualities and characteristics were her deathless and in indefatigable friendship, and her craftsmanship that enabled her to do a beautiful piece of work for the satisfaction of doing it that way. She was truly a great artist.' With Miss Keller at the service was her secretary, Miss Polly Thompson [sic], Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Migel, Mrs. Phillip S. Smith, Dr, and Mrs. Conrad Beherens, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Henney, Leslie Fadenwider, Mrs. Amelia L. Bond, and Herbert Haas. The body was cremated at the Fresh Pond Crematory. The ashes are to be placed in the National Cathedral at Washington. Broadcast Tonight The devotion and self sacrifice of Mrs. Macy will be commemorated in a nation-wide broadcast tonight. Her name will be submitted for the Kate Smith Award for outstanding heroism, which is accompanied by $500 in cash. The names of two other persons, selected by an award committee for performance of acts of unusual heroism, will also be submitted for the award during the broadcast over the Columbia network. The recipient will be chosen by public vote. A cash sum of $100 each is to be given the two nominees not receiving the principal award. At the request of Miss Keller, the money to Mrs. Macy's estate - either the $500 or $100 - is to be given to the American Foundation for the Blind. Newspaper clipping from the Forest Hills Post, Queens on October 29, 1936. Headline: Hundreds at Services for Mrs. A. Macy: Tutor of Helen Keller Called "The Great Emancipator". Forest Hills Post, Queens, New York. less
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  • Samuel P. Hayes Research Library, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA. Contact host institution for more information.