Remembering Leaders
in the Field of Blindness and Visual Impairment

Photo: Puvis Ponder with his First Grandson

Purvis Ponder and his first grandchild

Purvis E. Ponder
1940 - October 22, 2005

Purvis Ponder, 65, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005devoted thirty-six years to the field of teaching Orientation and Mobility, thirty at Florida State University preparing future O&M teachers. He co-authored the first textbook in the field of O&M which is still used by the majority of university O&M training programs. Purvis Ponder devoted thirty-six years to the field of teaching Orientation and Mobility, thirty at Florida State University preparing future O&M teachers. He co-authored the first textbook in the field of O&M which is still used by the majority of university O&M training programs. He recently retired from Florida State University as associate professor in the Vision Department. Upon his retirement, the Florida Chapter of AER remembered him with an engraved stone on the Wall of Tribute in the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field, at the American Printing House for the Blind. The stone reads: Purvis Ponder, #1 in Mobility in Florida. He is survived by his wife, Barbara and three sons. as well as several generations of O&M Specialists who are teaching throughout the country. He was known for his love of life, the field of blindness and visual impairment, his family and nature. In addition to his expertise in O&M, Purvis was also known for his great story telling. He will be greatly missed but is legacy continues.