Fall 2015
ICO Matters In Memoriam cover photo Fall 2015

In Memoriam Fall 2015


Bertram King, NICO, Franklin, Tenn., July 31. He was a World War II veteran.

Morton (Bud) Saul Roth, NICO, Muncie, Ind., Aug. 18. He served in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army. He was a rifleman with the 26th “Yankee Division” of the 101st Infantry in the European theatre, including the Battle of the Bulge, and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, two Bronze Star medals and three battle stars. He was a founding partner of Family Vision Care in Muncie, where he practiced until his retirement in 1985. He was married to his childhood sweetheart for 70 years.


G. Max Wagner, NICO, Glasgow, Ky., July 1. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Fleet during World War II, participating in the Battles of Leyte, Luzon and Okinawa. He practiced in Glasgow until his retirement in 2007. He served as President of the Kentucky Optometric Association and President of the Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners. He received numerous professional awards including Kentucky Optometrist of the Year and the distinguished Clifford C. Leadingham Award.

Leonard Drucker, CCO, Northbrook, Ill., Jan. 2. He was a dedicated optometrist and proud World War II veteran.

Stanley Q. McLeroy, NICO, Texarkana, Tex., March 20. He built his practice in Texarkana and was honored to help all the local communities in the four state area, being the only “Eye Doc” between Little Rock and Dallas for many years.

Charles R. Johnson, NICO, Neshkoro, Wis., Aug. 21. He served in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army during World War II and saw combat action during the Battle of the Bulge.


Paul C. Verhagen, NICO, Cape Canaveral, Fla., July 11. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force.


William A. Biglow, NICO, Ashland, Wis., Nov. 26, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany during World War II. He started his own practice in Ashland, where he worked for 42 years until retiring in 1995.


Richard Nichols Guyan, NICO, Conway, Ark., Aug. 13. He served 2 years in the U.S. Army assigned to the EENT clinic at Fort Campbell, Ky. Following his discharge, he practiced optometry with his father in Litchfield, Ill. until his retirement in 1992. He sold his practice to Amy D. (Smith) Rasmussen, OD ’91.


Hugh Campbell, CCO, Holland, Mich., Sept. 24. He began his optometric practice while serving in the army in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Following his discharge, he practiced in Portage, Mich. He retired in 2005. He volunteered in numerous organizations serving others during his retirement years.


Robert L. Klein, Scotts, Mich., May 31. He served as past President of the Michigan Optometric Association, was a member of both the state and national boards of examiners, and was a key player in the opening of the school of optometry at Ferris State University. He was a founding member of Opening Eyes, a Special Olympics eye exam program. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Optometric Society.

Friends and Family

Sanford M. Gross, Cleveland, Ohio, Aug. 7. He was a long time resident of Chicago and a retired faculty member at ICO.

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Connie M. Scavuzzo, MA
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The following abbreviations denote predecessor names of the Illinois College of Optometry.
NICO: Northern Illinois College of Optometry
CCO: Chicago College of Optometry
MCO: Monroe College of Optometry
Northern Illinois College of Optometry Chicago College of Optometry Monroe College of Optometry

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