Summer 2017
ICO Matters In Memoriam cover photo Summer 2017

In Memoriam Summer 2017


Lee M. Wheless (NICO), High Point, N.C., Dec. 6. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot in WWII, enlisting immediately after Pearl Harbor, attaining the rank of Captain. He practiced optometry for 48 years.


Edgar Josephsen (NICO), Stanwood, Wash., Jan. 28. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-45. He relocated to Germany and served as an optometrist at the Army Eye Clinic during the Gulf War.


William P. Mathews, Hinton, W. Va., April 15, 2016. He was a community leader, serving on the Summers County Board of Education, the Elks, and the Chamber of Commerce. He was a devoted and active member of his church, a lover of painting, rose gardens, and music.


Malcolm Hirsch, Atlanta, Ga., March 29. Served in the U.S. Navy and was known for his dry, sarcastic wit and his love for animals.


Edwin E. Tuhy, SaddleBrooke, Ariz., Feb 27. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. During his 38 years in practice, he served in the North Dakota Optometric Association and the State Board of Optometry. He served 30 years in VOSH, providing care internationally and spearheading both the establishment of the North Dakota and Arizona VOSH chapters, earning him the honor of “Humanitarian of the Year” in 2008 from VOSH International.


Richard Earl Wiesner, Sturgeon Bay, Wis., April 5. He practiced optometry for 43 years in the Door County community. He was an active member of his church, serving as the Sunday School teacher and superintendent and church council president. He was president of the Sturgeon Bay Lions Club, the Wisconsin Optometric Association and the Northeast Wisconsin Optometric Association.


David S. Black, Two Rivers, Wis., March 9. Upon graduation, he joined the professional staff of Wesley Jessen, teaching practitioners the proper fitting of soft contact lenses. He then practiced optometry for 39 years in Two Rivers and Manitowac. He was a perpetual student, earning a ham radio license and pilot’s license. He also became proficient at CAD drawing and CNC machining. He enjoyed building model steam and gas engines.


Larry P. Dawson, Chicago, Ill., Nov. 12. He worked with Tropical Optical, Inc. for 34 years. He and his wife established and funded a chess team at a public middle school. They also established a science lab at a public high school in memory of his sister. He had many hobbies and talents, including cooking and baking cakes and pies.

Gary Pedersen, Grand Island, Neb., March 28. He was awarded the National Head Start Humanitarian Award in 1996 and was a National Humanitarian Award recipient and Nebraska Optometrist of the Year. He was a VOSH member for 19 years, former president of the Grand Island Lions Club, and was involved in the TeamMates Mentoring Program.

Friends and Family

Philip Irion, Lansing, Mich., March 30. He was a former Adjunct Professor at ICO and helped design the Sports Vision program. He was named Optometrist of the Year in 2003 by the Michigan Optometric Association. He was involved in many sports organizations including serving as the chairman of Visual Performance and Safety Committee, U.S. Olympic Committee and consultant for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.

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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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