Spring 2015
ICO Matters In Memoriam cover photo Spring 2015

In Memoriam Spring 2015


Marvin Bines, NICO, Milwaukee, June 28. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.

Robert S. Keller, NICO, St. Joseph, Mo., Nov. 11. After entering the United States Army and receiving basic training, he was assigned to eye clinics in Camp Barkeley, Texas; Fort Lewis, Wash.; Okinawa; and Seoul. He was a founding member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.


Lucia S. Burrell, NICO, Spartanburg, S.C., Dec. 11. She was a lifelong member of the South Carolina Optometric Association and an active member of Spartanburg’s Business and Professional Women’s Club.


Ben A. Belkin, NICO, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., May 12. He practiced in Lynchburg, Va., until he retired to Florida in 1980.

Willard Johnson, NICO, Hillsboro, Ill., Feb. 5. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a lieutenant in the Pacific Theater during World War II, including the U.S. invasion of Iwo Jima in 1945.


Warren Bohlinger, NICO, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Jan. 4. He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife. He was a life-long innovator, working with all things mechanical and creating stained glass art and wood-working projects.

Don Hoffmann, NICO, Goshen, N.Y., Feb. 5. He practiced for 44 years until his retirement in 1995, seeing more than 53,000 patients during his career. He was honored with the Goshen Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his many contributions to Goshen and a lifetime of “service above self.”

C. J. “Doc” Howe, Jr., NICO, Homer, Mich., Sept. 20. He practiced in Homer and in Hillsdale, Mich., for a total of 50 years. He was a life member of the Michigan Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. He was a member of the Omega Delta Professional Optometric Fraternity in Chicago, and a former member of the Homer Lions Club.

Murray Rice, NICO, San Diego, Oct. 12.

Burton H. Skuza, NICO, St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 18. He served as a medic in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was stationed in North Africa and Sicily, and landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day. He continued his service during the Battle of the Bulge. He was honored at the White House by Presidents Carter and Reagan for his volunteerism in vision care for the elderly.

William H. Speer, Jr., NICO, Owensboro, Ky., Jan 18. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a radioman aboard the USS New Jersey. He practiced in Owensboro for 40 years.

Joseph J. Tokarz, NICO, Richmond, Va., Nov. 4. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in France and Japan. He was a member of the Virginia Academy of Optometry and past president of the Virginia Optometric Association. He practiced in Richmond and West Point, Va., until his retirement in 1988.

Jack A. Wofford, NICO, Forest City, N.C., Feb. 15. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II as an aviation technician on the B-24 Liberator bomber in England. He was the recipient of the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four service stars. He practiced in Forest City for over 30 years and was very involved in the community, serving as chairman of many boards.

Alan York, NICO, East Hampton, N.Y., Nov. 29. He was a founding member and former chairman of the Cultural Education Committee of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, former chairman of the Guild Hall Film Committee, and taught a Shakespeare study group.


Larry Brothers, NICO, Joplin, Mo., Jan 23. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a sergeant, participating in the European Theater, including the Battle of the Bulge. With his wife, he served in 24 VOSH missions. He practiced optometry for 33 years and influenced his two sons to follow in his footsteps.

Richard “Doc” William Kahle, NICO, Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 5. He served in the South Pacific during World War II. He owned a private practice before joining Pearle Vision in 1988, where he practiced until his retirement.

Wesley J. McKenzie, NICO, Sun City West, Ariz., July 24. He served in Italy during World War II. He operated his own practice in Bellevue, Wash., for 37 years.


David Welte, CCO, Rochester, Minn., Jan. 4. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. While in the Navy, he was on a mission that tested the atomic bomb in the Pacific. He practiced in Rochester for over 40 years with J. L. Block, OD, CCO ’55.


Jack Baldwin, NICO, Loami, Ill., Oct. 27. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Fort Worth, Texas, where he served in the Military Police. His life-long interest in theater and music led him to develop and manage the Danville Light Opera. In 1971, he took a position with IPCO Optical in Springfield, Ill., where he practiced until his retirement in 2006.


Conrad E. Mazeski, NICO, Mt. Prospect, Ill., Dec. 1. He practiced in Mt. Prospect for over 30 years. His passion was helping children with vision problems.


Neil Henry Stuhmer, Alma, Neb., Jan. 8. He opened a practice in Holdrege, Neb., and was later joined by Wayne Quincy, OD ’77 and Craig McCormick, OD. He retired in 2010, after 46 years in practice.


Paul “Vet” Hake, McCall, Idaho, Jan. 13. He practiced in McCall and the neighboring communities for over 43 years.

James Wylie Hartzell II, Clive, Iowa, Dec. 10. He was president and owner of Vision Clinic and held numerous leadership positions within the optometric profession throughout his career.

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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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