Spring 2016
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In Memoriam Spring 2016


Frank F. Sakamoto, MCO, Denver, Colo., Dec. 12. He practiced on Chicago’s north side for 50 years. During his career, he served as president of Chicago Northside Chapter of the Illinois Optometric Association, board member of State of Illinois Board of Optometry, president of Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, and president of Kiwanis North Shore. He served proudly in the Japanese American Citizens League for many years. One of his many accomplishments was to supply President Lyndon B. Johnson’s contact lenses during his presidency.


Murray “Budd” Gottlieb, NICO, Vancouver, Wash., Jan. 1. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He practiced in Carteret and Edison, N.J. until he retired at age 55.

Andrew J. “Buddy” Metz, NICO, Richmond, Va., Jan. 16. He served as a medic in the 305th Medical Battalion in General Patton’s 3rd Army, serving in England, France, Luxembourg, Germany, and Austria. Following the war, he established his practice in Richmond. He served as president of the Richmond Optometric Society, the Virginia Academy of Optometry, and the Virginia Optometric Association.


Warren H. Bohlinger, NICO, Verona, Wis., Jan. 4, 2015. He worked at Cutler-Hammer in Milwaukee, contributing to the U.S. efforts in WWII. He practiced in Hillsboro, Mauston, and Wisconsin Dells, retiring in 1982.

Leonard Drucker, CCO, Northbrook, Ill., Jan. 2, 2015. He entered WWII military service as a combat engineer and member of the greatest generation. He was heavily engaged in the battle of the Dusseldorf Bridge in the city of Remagen, Germany. While in optometry school, he served as editor of the school publication “Eyes Right” until graduating, and subsequently served as chairman of the Alumni Council for several years.


George E. Laubach, NICO, Traverse City, Mich., Jan. 12. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the European occupation and, after graduating from optometry school, returned to the Army to serve in the Korean War. In 1962, he opened a practice in Rochelle, Ill., where he practiced for 34 years until his retirement in 1996.

Frank “Bud” Ludford, CCO, La Salle, Ill., Jan. 2. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-53 in the Medical Corps. He practiced in downtown La Salle with his son, David Ludford, OD ’94, and received honors for 50 years of service as an active member of the IOA and AOA.
Morris M. Sureck, NICO, Alexandria, Va., Feb. 13.


Melvin M. Schaeffer, CCO, Silver City, N.M., Oct. 28. He performed Army of Occupation service in Japan in 1947. He practiced in Rockford, Ill., for 30 years and retired to Silver City, N.M.


Herbert S. Lux, NICO, Mt. Clemens, Mich., Jan. 5. He served in the Army at Fort Carson, Colo., in the optical clinic. He practiced optometry for 55 years, retiring at age 79.


Robert W. Niles, CCO, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, Oct. 7. He was in WWII in General Patton’s 3rd Army, 9th Infantry and served in Germany. He practiced in Cadiz, Ky., for 44 years.


Herbert S. Wheeler, CCO, Salem, Mass., Oct. 5. He served in the Navy on the original USS Oklahoma. He practiced optometry for 60 years.


Ivan M. Hamberg, Atlantic City, N.J., Dec. 4.


William A. Barnett, Annapolis, Md., Nov. 21. He served as a Captain in the Army’s First Cavalry Division at Fort Dix and Fort Sam, Houston, and in Korea with the 15th Medical Battalion. He was a member of the national championship lacrosse team in 1954.


Robert L. Sedlock, Baxter, Minn., Nov. 6. He practiced in Anchorage, Alaska, before expanding his interests to serve as a guide and pilot in the Alaska frontier.


William C. Bock, Lakeland, Fla., Feb. 3. He was named OD of the Year by Walmart in 2010.


Vernon A. Brickley, Dixon, Iowa, Jan. 28. He practiced in Dixon for 44 years, retiring in 2006. He was a diehard Chicago Cubs fan.

Philip J. Evich, Frederick, Md., Jan. 7. He served in the U.S. Army in 1955 and in the U.S. Navy from 1964-1967. During his time in the Navy, he worked as an optometrist at the U.S. Naval School of Hospital Administration in Williamsburg, Va., achieving the naval rank of Lieutenant JG. He returned to Frederick to practice after his service in the Navy.


David Krafchak, Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 17. During his 43-year career, he had practices at Sears Optical in two locations


YuChong Kim (nee Smith), Marietta, Ga., Dec. 30. She courageously fought an 18-month battle with gastric cancer.


Roy Teshima, OD ’46, NICO, of Evanston, Ill., passed away on December 7, 2015, at the age of 96.

Dr. Teshima taught at the Illinois College of Optometry from 1946 until 1985, lecturing in ophthalmic optics. He taught thousands of students perimetry and “the island of vision.” In the early decades, he taught students the bread and butter of optometry in his era: how to make glasses and adjust them so patients would be comfortable. In the 1970’s, he became a consultant for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and taught a coordination course that prepared ICO students for their board examinations.

Dr. Teshima was widely respected and admired by students. The class of 1979 honored Dr. Teshima with an honorary membership in the Gold Key Society for his outstanding teaching. The class of 1985 honored him with an honorary membership in Tomb and Key and dedicated the 1985 yearbook to him, honoring his retirement and 39 years of service to the College. He was considered one of the great educators of the Illinois College of Optometry. His principles were simple: work hard and do your best.

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Connie M. Scavuzzo, MA
Senior Director of Alumni Development

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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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