Fall 2017
ICO Matters In Memoriam Dr Ruth Trachimowicz Fall 2017

In Memoriam Fall 2017



Clyde S. McCain (NICO), Gainesville, Texas, May 6, 2016. He practiced in Wichita Falls, Dallas, and Gainesville before retiring in 2002.


Leo Bishop (MCO), Mt. Carmel, Ill., Jan. 28. He served in the US Navy during WWII and received multiple medals of honor. He practiced in Mt. Carmel until his retirement in 1999.

Morrie L. Dubin (NICO), West Bloomfield, Mich., July 15.

Harvey Kres (MCO), Cape Coral, Fla., Dec. 22, 2016.

Louis “Don” Snellgrove (NICO), Greenville, Ala., June 27. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and was discharged as a captain after eight years of reserve and active duty. He practiced in Greenville until his retirement in 2007 at the age of 80. His greatest professional achievement was his work establishing the school of optometry at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.


Claire Hyland (NICO), Brighton, Mich., Dec. 20, 2016.




Poe Bailey (NICO), Parkersburg, W.V., Apr. 26.

Irvine L. Dubow (NICO), Little Falls, Minn., Jan. 10. He practiced in Little Falls for 40 years before retiring to Naples, Fla.

Robert H. Woodard (NICO), Omaha, Neb., Nov. 27, 2016.


Roland L. Bergeron (CCO), Boca Raton, Fla., Mar. 25. He served in the US Navy during WWII.  He practiced in Pawtucket, R.I. for over 40 years until he retired to Boca Raton.


Hoyt Housand, Georgetown, S.C., July 16, 2016.




Poe Bailey (NICO), Parkersburg, W.V., Apr. 26.

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Ruth A. Trachimowicz, OD, PhD, FAAO. Better known as “Dr. T” to students, she will be remembered as one of the Illinois College of Optometry’s most beloved faculty members. Dr. T first came to ICO in 1987 to teach Human Anatomy. As Associate Professor, she eventually taught a variety of basic health science courses and optometry laboratories, and provided patient care in the Primary Care Service.

Dr. T was a major influence on ICO students for 30 years. In 2016, she won an Excellence in Education Award from the ICO Alumni Association, and was chosen by students for the First Year Teacher of the Year Award. The ICO faculty recently voted to permanently name the First Year Teacher of the Year award in her honor.

Dr. T will be remembered fondly as an outstanding teacher with high expectations for her students, a mentor to both students and junior faculty, a beloved colleague, and a dear friend to the ICO community.

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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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