Anthony “Tony” Lopez was dedicated to helping people with disabilities enjoy a wide variety of reading material, through his longtime role at State Services for the Blind/Radio Talking Book. Lopez died suddenly this summer. He was 55 and lived in Minneapolis.
A native of Los Angeles, Lopez was a graduate of Knox College. In 1993 he began to volunteer with Radio Talking Book began in 1993. He became an employee in 1997 and was the volunteer coordinator and a broadcaster at the time of his death.
He cared deeply about the services Radio Talking Book provides and was always a strong advocate for its listeners and volunteers.
In September he will be remembered on a special broadcast on the Bookworm programs. Audio information services from across the country collaborated to record the book Bicycling with Butterflies. Each chapter is presented by a partner reading service, from Texas to Massachusetts, as the route of the butterfly migration is followed.
Lopez can be heard reading on broadcasts six and seven. The schedule is on page 10 of this issue of Access Press.
Lopez is also remembered for his deep commitment to his family and friends. he enjoyed usic and cooking, and was a strong supporter of public libraries.
He is survived by his wife, Laura Wolovitch; his daughter, Minnie Wolovitch-Lopez; his mother, Lorraine; sister, Teresa; and brother, Orlando; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and in-laws. Services have been held. Memorials are preferred to his family.