Spring 2017
ICO Matters In Memoriam cover photo Spring 2017

In Memoriam Spring 2017


Thomas R. Pilot (NICO), Notre Dame, Ind., Oct. 2. He served in the U.S. Navy and became a carrier pilot on the USS Saratoga, flying fighters and dive bombers in the South Pacific in World War II. Second only to his family, flying was the love of his life. Following the war, he established a highly successful optometry practice in South Bend where he practiced for 36 years. He ran the Boston Marathon at the age of 53, was an accomplished dancer, and enjoyed golfing.


Ida F. Pacina (NICO), Tucson, Ariz. She practiced in Pocatello and Boise, Idaho during her career, and served as the Executive Director for the Northern Nevada Optometric Association.


Edward M. Jacobson (NICO), Rice Lake, Wis., Feb. 19. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942-1945. He was assigned to the Field Marine Force in the Pacific Theater in WWII. He served in the 9th Regiment of the 3rd Marine Division on Guadalcanal and was later based in Guam.

Leonard Klein (MCO), Las Vegas, Nev.


Yale C. Knight (NICO), Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 13. He practiced in West Allis, Wis. for 64 years until his retirement at age 91.


Edward Elliott (NICO), Portage, Wis., March 2. He served his country as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, and continued his love of flying after the war. He was a life member of the WOA, and a charter member of the Contact Lens Section of the AOA. He practiced optometry in both Janesville and Portage, Wis.

Edward S. Gates (CCO), Rockaway Township, N.J., Oct. 29. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. He established an optometric practice in Dover, and later in Succasunna, N.J. He was the President of the Tri-County Optometric Society, and was honored by the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians with the prestigious Nurock Award for distinguished dedication to the profession of optometry. He was born in a Model T Ford, and remained an antique car enthusiast his entire life.


Allan H. Larson (NICO), Merced, Calif., Aug. 6. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy Air Corp., stationed in the Aleutian Islands. He opened his practice in Merced in 1955 and was an established real estate investor.


William Biglow (NICO), Ashland, Wis., Nov. 26, 2014. He was a U.S. Army Veteran who served in Germany in World War II. He practiced in Ashland until his retirement after 42 years. He was a member of the Presbyterian Congregational Church for 89 years, and served on the Board of Trustees and as an Elder. He was an accomplished musician, playing saxophone and clarinet with the Northernaires dance band.


Marshall H. Petersen (NICO), West St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Oct. 13. He practiced optometry in West St. Paul for 60 years. He was a Diplomate of the Contact Lens Section of the AAO, and Regional Admittance Chairman for over 20 years.


Quentin D. Zimmerman, Jamestown, N.D., Jan. 11. He served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean War. He practiced in Jamestown until his retirement in 1987. In his retirement, he enjoyed the outdoors, pheasant hunting, traveling in his RV, eating German/Russian food, and going to coffee at 10 and 3 every day.

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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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