About the Author of The Blind Doctor
Rosalind Perlman was born in Chicago in 1911. She was educated at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and later at St. Louis Teachers College. She met her husband, Alfred, when she returned to Chicago after completing her education, and they were married in 1938.
While Alfred was serving in Army quartermaster corps during World War II, Rosalind wrote and produced a weekly radio series for the Chicago Tribune station, WGN, and taught script writing. After Alfred returned from serving overseas, the couple moved to Santa Maria, California in 1952, where Alfred taught high school. In Santa Maria, Rosalind taught speech and drama at Hancock College for the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, where she frequently acted as well as starred in productions. She also wrote a regular column for the Santa Maria Times.
The completion and publication of The Blind Doctor: The Jacob Bolotin Story was the dream they worked on together until Alfredís death in 2001 at the age of 92. Rosalind continued to work on the manuscript and, with her bequest to the Santa Barbara Foundation, finally made sure that Jacobís story would be told. And by setting up the annual Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award to be given out by the National Federation of the Blind, she carried on his legacy by honoring other exceptional individuals who happen to be blind. Rosalind died in 2004 at the age of 93.