Fall 2018
Fall 2018

In Memoriam Fall 2018



Lawrence A. Jullie (NICO), Grand Haven, Mich., June 17. He served in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant and was awarded numerous medals and ribbons including the Bronze Star. He practiced for 39 years before retiring in 1989.

Harold Ripple (NICO), Hiawatha, Kan., Oct. 10, 2017. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers building Army Air. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 70 years.

Robert D. Rueter (MCO), Decatur, Ill., Oct. 22, 2017.


Frank “Uncle Frank” Fontana (NICO), Des Peres, Mo., Oct. 3.  He served In the U.S. Army and became a supply sergeant in a medical battalion during WWII.  A pioneer in the field of contact lenses, Dr. Fontana was an accomplished author, researcher, consultant, and lecturer on the topic throughout his career of nearly seven decades.  He served extensively as a volunteer for the AOA, co-founding the AOA’s Contact Lens Section and serving on numerous committees.  In 2012, he was inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame.

Sidney N. Shapiro (NICO), Glastonbury, Conn., April 5. He served in the U.S. Army as a radar operator and cook during WWII in the Philippines and New Guinea. He continued his service in the Army Reserves, retiring a Lieutenant Colonel with the 309th Field Hospital based in Chicopee, Mass.

Howard Phillip Winton (NICO), Melbourne, Fla., April 8. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was Life Emeritus Fellow of the AAO, Florida Optometrist of the Year, served as the FOA president, and became the 54th President of the AOA. He loved life and traveled around the world, literally, twice. His adventures included climbing the Pyramids, walking Machu Picchu, and visiting the Taj Mahal.




Charles Kulpaca (NICO), Rapid City, S.D., July 4. He was a sniper in the U.S. Army and was deployed to France on VE Day as the war ended in Europe. He practiced for 40 years in his office in Rapid City before retiring.


Charles Robert Flynn (CCO), Sarasota, Fla., May 24.

Donald Tombaugh (CCO), Mount Caramel, Ill., May 25. He served in the Navy Air Corp and was stationed onboard the USS Ommaney Bay when it sunk in the Philippines. He practiced optometry for 42 years.


Robert Davis Meek (CCO), Hartland, Mich., July 4. He served as an officer and flight crew member in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and flew on more than 125 missions in Korea and Okinawa (Naha AFB). He also received numerous decorations and medals for his service during the war. He practiced optometry for 30 years in the Plymouth and Hartland areas.


Davis B. Thorne (NICO), Hillsville, Va., Jan. 29. He practiced in Carroll County for 34 years.


Roger Hanson, Winnebago, Minn., Aug. 4. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years.




John J. Kraus, Buffalo, N.Y., May 11. He was a life member of the Buffalo Canoe Club.


Richard J. Gelbuda, Ottawa, Ill., July 29. He practiced optometry for 53 years.




Stanley Gorman, Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 19, 2017. He practiced in the Los Angeles area his entire career.


Gregory Neilsen, Mason City, Iowa, February 18. He was in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam.



Sarah RosenbloomChicago, Ill, July 27. It is with great sadness that the Illinois College of Optometry mourns the loss of a dear friend, Sarah Rosenbloom, the wife of ICO’s second president, Alfred Rosenbloom. Her kind spirit and generosity will be missed by the ICO family. The Alfred and Sarah Rosenbloom Center on Vision and Aging will continue its work in the memory of these beloved visionaries.



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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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