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GAGNE, Don. (Dubuque, IA, May 16, 1929--Dubuque, IA, Mar. 14, 2020). Rapidly losing his sight in the 1940s while working at the DUBUQUE PACKING COMPANY, Gagne realized the lack of help available in the community for sight-impaired citizens and founded the Dubuque Association of the Blind. Funds that organization raised went to a national organization leading Gagne and others to create the TRI-STATE INDEPENDENT BLIND SOCIETY in 1972. He also served in the 1970s on a statewide commission to increase accessibility for people with disabilities.



1. Hogstrom, Erik, "Dedicated Advocate for Visually Impaired Dies," Telegraph Herald, March 17, 2020, p. 1A