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Robert Coard (right) and keynote speaker John Glenn exchange a bit of mirth at ABCD’s annual awards dinner at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in this 1983 photo. Coard, 82, has been ABCD’s president and chief executive officer for more than 40 years. The challenge ahead for ABCD will be filling the vacuum created by the exit of such a charismatic activist.

Robert Coard (right) and keynote speaker John Glenn exchange a bit of mirth at ABCD’s annual awards dinner at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in this 1983 photo. Coard, 82, has been ABCD’s president and chief executive officer for more than 40 years. The challenge ahead for ABCD will be filling the vacuum created by the exit of such a charismatic activist.

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Robert Coard (right) and keynote speaker John Glenn exchange a bit of mirth at ABCD’s annual awards dinner...