Summer 2016
ICO Matters In Memoriam cover photo Summer 2016

In Memoriam Summer 2016


Ira Max Deal, NICO, Starbuck, Minn., Dec. 17. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1942-1945. He purchased an optometric practice in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, where he provided services for over 40 years. He enjoyed an honor flight trip to Washington D.C., in 2006.

George Nickelsen, NICO, Tacoma, Wash., April 6. He served in India in the U.S. Army during WWII in the medic corps optical lab. He practiced in Auburn for 35 years and was married for 73 years.

Marlin C. Wilson, NICO, Chattanooga, Tenn., March 28. He was a proud ICO graduate and practiced optometry for over 50 years before retiring in his 70s.


Joseph D. Barlar, NICO, Foley, Ala., May 5. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Southerland. He practiced optometry for 65 years.

Michael J. Chakeres, NICO, London, Ohio, March 9. He joined the U.S. Navy at the start of WWII, volunteering for the Seabees, an elite underwater demolition unit later known as the Frogmen. His many achievements and areas of involvement include serving as Ohio Department Commander of the American Legion, President of the Veterans Service Commission of Madison County, and induction into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 2004.

Louis Edwin Steinfeld, NICO, Cordova, Tenn., Feb. 9. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force in the 63rd Bomb Squadron (Heavy) during WWII. He spent many years as a pharmaceutical representative until his retirement.


S.M. “Stanley” Harmon, NICO, Mankato, Minn., March 30. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Pacific.

Richard C. Ritzinger, NICO, River Falls, Wis., March 30, 2015. He practiced optometry in River Falls for 50 years.


Roger D. Wilson, Eau Claire, Wis., March 9. He practiced in Clintonville, Wisc., for 45 years. After selling his practice, he continued practicing at the Menomonie Tribal Clinic until retirement.


Robert Niemann, Lake Suzy, Fla., March 21. He served three years as an optometrist in the U.S. Air Force at Lowery Air Force Base in Denver, Colo. He practiced for 36 years in Webster City, until his retirement in 2002.


John L. Regner, Kenosha, Wis., April 15. A third generation optometrist, he began his career alongside his father, Leon Regner, OD ’40, later establishing his own practices in Kenosha.


Victor Connors, Wonewoc, Wis., June 6. Connors previously served as president of the American Optometric Association, the World Council of Optometry, and the World Optometry Foundation. He advocated for the profession at a global level, and was instrumental in optometrists gaining the privilege to prescribe medication for the treatment of eye diseases in Wisconsin and other states.


Donald W. Rossi, Pekin, Ill., Feb. 16. He served as a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy from 1966-72.

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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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