- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 9, 2006

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (AP) — Samuel C. Ashcroft, who developed methods for teaching the blind and was the uncle of former Attorney General John Ashcroft, died Jan. 30 of heart failure. He was 84.

He held a doctorate in special education and traveled around the world to help teachers instruct blind, chronically ill and profoundly disabled children.

He developed his methods through research that began in the 1950s.

Mr. Ashcroft held positions at Vanderbilt University, the University of Maryland and the Ohio State University.

In 2002, he joined Helen Keller and other advocates for the blind as among the first inductees into the American Printing House for the Blind Inc.’s Hall of Fame.

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