Summer 2015
Summer 2015

In Memoriam Summer 2015

1939

Frank “Doc” Norden, NICO, Waukon, Iowa, May 23. From 1943-46, he served in the U.S. Navy as the commanding officer of an ocean-going tugboat. He practiced in Waukon until his retirement in 1986.

Joseph Rubenstein, NICO, Boca Raton, Fla., Mar. 14. Originally from Passaic, New Jersey, he had a successful optometry practice before retiring to Florida in 1980. He was a World War II Army veteran who received the French Legion Medal of Honor for distinguished service at the Battle of the Bulge. He served as a staff sergeant under General George C. Patton.

1948

Carl F. Schroeder, NICO, Crawfordsville, Ind., Mar. 19. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 until 1946 as a communications technician, earning the rank of sergeant. He practiced in Crawfordsville for 35 years.

1949

Wayne F. Kaiser, NICO, Fort Madison, Iowa, Apr. 15. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 118th F.A. Medical Detachment of the 30th Infantry “Old Hickory” Division. He was awarded the Bronze Medal and the Five Star Divisional Medal. His division landed on Omaha Beach the week of “D” Day in Normandy. He practiced for 36 years before retiring in 1987.

Jerry D. Lynn, NICO, Orchard Lake, Mich., Mar. 3.

“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
– Sir Winston Churchill


Summer2015-inmemoriam-rosenbloomAlfred A. Rosenbloom Jr, OD ’48, MA, DOS, FAAO, passed away on April 7 at the age of 94. He exemplified a life of giving, service and leadership throughout his long and legendary career.

Dr. Rosenbloom established himself as a pioneer and moving force in low-vision rehabilitation. He was the founding director of the Low Vision Service at the Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, and published more than 95 professional journal articles on topics of low vision rehabilitation, optometric gerontology, optometric education and public health. He also established low vision clinics in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal.

For more than 50 years, Dr. Rosenbloom served as a teacher and administrator to thousands of ICO students. He served on the faculty before becoming Dean (1956-1972) and then President (1972-1982). Dr. Rosenbloom’s induction into the National Optometry Hall of Fame in 2010 capped a career decorated with countless awards and honors.

His legacy will continue for years to come with the establishment of the Alfred and Sarah Rosenbloom Center on Vision and Aging at the Illinois Eye Institute. He and his wife of 66 years, Sarah, saw their long-held vision become a reality in January 2015 with the grand opening of the Rosenbloom Center.

Dr. Arol Augsburger was asked to speak at Dr. Rosenbloom’s memorial service: (excerpted) Dr. Alfred A. Rosenbloom has been an instigator in many of the ways we now teach the best eye doctors in the world, and provide exceptional eye and health care to people in need, while enhancing the economic vitality to our communities. This Center will continue to make a difference in the lives of our older citizens for decades to come, and is a fitting tribute to a man who spent his whole professional life making a difference, and making vision better. Thank you, Al and Sarah, for continuing this outstanding tradition which has characterized the life of Dr. Alfred A. Rosenbloom.

1950

Raymond E. Hudash, CCO, Northbrook, Ill., Feb. 5. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953 and headed the aerial stereo photographic section for the First Marine Aircraft Wing during the Korean War.

1953

Dudley M. Arp, CCO, St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 2. He was a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He practiced Optometry in St. Paul for over 30 years.

1954

Allan Wasserman, NICO, Decatur, Ga., Apr. 12. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an optometrist from 1955 to 1958. He served as a member of the Georgia Board of Optometry and as president of the Georgia Optometric Society.

1965

Henry “Hank” Tumpa, Adams Township, Pa., Apr. 8. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and practiced for 25 years before becoming a land developer.

Summer2015-inmemoriam-brandtJohn Emil Brandt III, OD, of Tequesta, Fla., passed away on May 20 at the age of 71. In 1967, Dr. Brandt graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry before serving in the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (1968-70).Dr. Brandt practiced at Tillman/Brandt Optometrists in Lake Park (1970-1988), Visual Health and Surgical Center in Lake Worth (1988-90), and Talley Eye Care in Evansville, Indiana (1990-2013).Known as a true gentleman and advocate for optometry, Dr. Brandt served in many leadership roles throughout his career, including ICO’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

1982

Mark Lawrence Klugman, Tampa, Fla., March 15.

1985

Michael D. Miller, Panama City, Fla., Sept. 21. He served as an optometrist in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He also owned a private practice in Bay County, Fla.

1987

Brad L. Vogel, Fort Collins, Colo., Apr. 16. He worked as an ER Nurse in Rochester, Minn., before enrolling at ICO. He received a fellowship specializing in contact lenses followed by a residency in ocular disease and surgical co-management. He joined Eyecare Associates as a partner in 1994.


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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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