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He was a good man - father to an autistic son, founder of ASA and Autism Research Institue, dispelled Bettelheim's refrigerator mother" myth and one of the pioneers of biomed interventions.

From ASA:

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It is with great and profound sadness that I must inform you that Dr.
Bernard Rimland passed away this morning. From the information we have
received, it appears that the funeral will be held tomorrow in a private
ceremony and, at this time, there are no other plans scheduled.

Dr. Rimland was a hero to the Autism Community and his legacy will live
on through the work of the Autism Research Institute, the Autism Society
of America and the good work of others. No one has done more for Autism
than our founder, Bernie, and all in the Autism Community have been
positively touched and have benefited through his decades of passion and
dedication to our cause.

Bernie and I became friends in 1992 shortly after my son was diagnosed.
He was always an inspiration and mentor to me and my family will always
be grateful for the impact he has had on our lives. It is comforting to
know, that so many others share such wonderful and memorable thoughts of
him and how important he was to all of us.

Please join with me and my family as we extend our condolences to his
wife, Gloria, his children and those that were closest to him.

Lee Grossman

Lee Grossman
President & CEO
Autism Society of America
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