Spring 2014
ICO Matters In Memoriam cover photo Spring 2014

In Memoriam


Gerald “Jerry” Dorsky, NICO, Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 25, 2013. He served in the Navy during World War II and practiced optometry for 53 years. He worked in both Cleveland and Fremont, Ohio.

Virgil Mark McClintic, NICO, Ocala, Fla., Jan 11. He enlisted in the Army during World War II and was an officer in the infantry, sustaining a combat wound in Normandy. He practiced in Houghton Lake, Mich., where he served as president of the Houghton Lake Community Schools Board of Education for many years.


Harry Greenberg, NICO, Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 6, 2013. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II in China, India and Burma. He was a lifetime member of the Jewish War Veterans Post #210.

Jack F. Hill, NICO, Marshall, Mich., Oct. 31, 2013. He served in the Navy during World War II as a radarman aboard the USS Weiss and later received a commission in the Navy Medical Service Corps. He practiced for more than 54 years in Albion and Jackson, Mich. He was a life member of the AOA, and past president and life member of the Michigan Optometric Association.

Mary Alma Rum Nelson, NICO, Kerrville, Texas, Nov. 14, 2013. After meeting her husband, Glenn Roy Nelson, at a tea dance during World War II, they both attended NICO along with Mary’s brother “Bud” Rum. Although a doctor, Mary devoted her life to her family, raising two daughters.

Paul A. Tosh, NICO, Tucson, Ariz., Sept. 16, 2013. He practiced for 36 years in Kingsport, Tenn. He was married to his wife, Lois, for 62 years.

John D. Woolley, NICO, Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 17, 2013. He served in the Army during World War II in the 127th Infantry Regiment, 32nd (Red Arrow) Division, in New Guinea and the Philippines. As a student at NICO, he sang with a big band, “The Rythmnaires.” He practiced optometry for 46 years in Benton, Ill.


Charles B. Butts, CCO, Laurie, Mo., Feb. 7. He served as a pilot in the Army Air Force during World War II. Following graduation, he succeeded his grandfather in practice in California, Mo., and retired in 1980. He was dean emeritus of the College of Syntonic Optometry and a recipient of the organization’s lifetime achievement award.

Gerard Louis Cleary, NICO, Middleton, Wis., Jan. 2. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and received a Purple Heart after sustaining an injury during the Battle of the Bulge. He practiced in Madison, Waterloo, and Beaver Dam, Wis.

Glen M. Springer, NICO, Barron, Wis., Oct. 30, 2013. He served in the Army during World War II in France and the Philippines. He practiced in the Barron area for 42 years before retiring in 1993.


Oliver “OJ” Jewett, CCO, Belle Fourche, S.D., Dec. 10, 2013. He began his practice in 1953 in Belle Fourche and retired in 1997. He was a charter member of the Christian Life Center and a member of the South Dakota Board of Optometry. He was an accomplished boxer, having won the 1949 South Dakota State Golden Gloves Lightweight Championship.


Thomas “Doc” Johns, Beloit, Wis., Jan 30. He was a member of the Wisconsin Optometric Association.


Donald Bush, Chicago, Nov. 20, 2013. He worked as an optometrist for 34 years on Chicago’s South Side, operating a practice in Mount Greenwood. In addition to his wife Sara, he is survived by daughters Eileen, OD ’08 and Elizabeth, OD ’12.

Friends & Family

J. Terry Ernest, Chicago, Dec. 26, 2013. An authority on the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration, he was chair of the University of Chicago’s Ophthalmology and Visual Science Section from 1985-2004. In 1997, he led a team that performed the first tissue implant as an experimental treatment for age-related macular degeneration. Later that fall, Time magazine named Dr. Ernest a “Hero of Medicine” for his pioneering efforts. He also served as Lt. Colonel in the Army. He was awarded the ICO Presidential Medal in 1999 in honor of his long partnership with the college.

Subhash N. Jani, Macomb, Ill., July 16, 2013. After obtaining his doctor of optometry degree in London, he immigrated to the U.S. to further his studies at Indiana University and Purdue University. He was a professor of special education for 29 years at Western Illinois University, where he specialized in the interconnection between learning disabilities and vision. He was also a faculty member at ICO, and he continued to practice optometry through the end of his life.

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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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