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Ask Keller - October 2008

October 2008

Are you curious about some aspect of Helen Keller's life, and haven't been able to find the answer to your question? Ask Keller Johnson-Thompson, Helen's great-grandniece. This monthly column features real questions from readers like you.

Hi, I am a student in the 11th grade, and I have chosen to do a research report on Helen Keller. I was wondering if you could answer a few questions for me.

1. How many siblings did Helen Keller have?

Helen Keller had four siblings. She had two half brothers—Simpson and James Keller—and a sister Mildred Campbell Keller, and a brother Phillip Brooks Keller.

2. Do you or any of your relatives have any connection with Anne Sullivan's relatives?

Anne Sullivan's mother, father, and younger brother died before Annie was 25 years old. As far as I know, the Keller family does not know or have any contact with anyone from the Sullivan family.

3. Have you ever met Helen Keller?

Unfortunately for me, Helen Keller died two years before I was born. However, my grandmother was very close to her Aunt Helen, and my father knew his Great-Aunt Helen quite well.

4. If Helen were alive today, do you think she could be cured from blindness and deafness?

Of course, I am not absolutely certain, as I am not a physician, but I do not believe that Helen Keller would be able to see or hear if she were alive today. I do not believe we are advanced enough medically to accomplish this at this time.

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