Fall 2016
ICO Matters In Memoriam cover photo Fall 2016

In Memoriam Fall 2016


James P. Mohr (NICO), Appleton, Wis., May 5. He was a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was awarded the WWII Victory Medal.


Marlow K. Hauber (NICO), Fort Myers, Fla., March 24. He practiced in Canton, Ill. for 42 years before retiring in 1991.

Frank P. Ryba (NICO), Grand Rapids, Mich., May 29. He served as a 1st Lieutenant, Transportation Corps, in the U.S. Army during WWII. Upon his honorable discharge, he received a personal thank you letter from President Harry S. Truman.

Joseph J. Schribman (NICO), New Rochelle, N.Y., July 4. He was a WWII veteran.

Kenneth G. Sparling (NICO), Fairborn, Ohio, June 5. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in WWII, flying more than 70 missions in the B-25 Mitchell over Italy and southern France. He re-entered the Air Force after graduating and retired a Lt. Colonel.


Paul L. Geiger (NICO), Englewood, Fla., June 27.

Alfred Greene (NICO), Richmond, Va., Sept. 8. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a Cadet in Flight Training and was stationed in Hawaii. He practiced in Richmond for 60 years, retiring at the age of 87. He held leadership positions in many civic and professional organizations and trained and showed Arabian horses all along the east coast.

Gerald M. Thomas (NICO), Athens, Ga., May 28, 2015. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII, earning four battle stars and the Bronze Star. He practiced in Athens for over 50 years and held every office in the Georgia Optometric Association. He also served as the optometrist for the University of Georgia Athletic Association for 37 years.


Robert W. Anderson (NICO), Dunedin, Fla., Sept. 17, 2015.


Luther G. Egge (NICO), Roundup, Mont., Oct. 14, 2015. He served in the U.S. Army and was deployed with occupational forces to the Pacific Theater of Operations in Okinawa, Japan. He served in the Headquarters Battalion of the 10th Army as Staff Sergeant in signal, radio, and communications assigned to anti-aircraft artillery.

Walter J. Zinn (CCO), Chicago, Ill., Feb. 14. He practiced in the Chicago area for over 40 years.


Sam Nahoum, Delray Beach, Fla., May 18.


Gary V. Puro, Santa Fe, N.M, May 28. He served in the U.S. Air Force and earned an M.D. degree at Creighton University. He practiced ophthalmology in the Santa Fe area for 30 years.


Edward David Attaya, Willowbrook, Ill., July 11.


Larry G. Karl, Mahomet, Ill., July 14. He practiced for 46 years in the Champaign area.


Wilma Boulieris, Spokane, Wash., July 29. She practiced for ten years in Moses Lake, Wash., and was appointed by the governor to serve on the Washington State Board of Optometry. She spent the next 20 years as a medical missionary in Micronesia at the Guam SDA clinic, also traveling to Saipan, Chuuk, Palau, Kosrae, and Yap.


Randy Fred Akel, Chicago, Ill., July 3. Originally from Jacksonville, Fla., he practiced in Chicago for 24 years. He was known as a talented Arabic singer, songwriter and recording artist.

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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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