Summer 2014
ICO Matters In Memoriam cover photo Summer 2014

In Memoriam


Howard Kooiker, NICO, Holland, Mich., May 4. Following graduation he served in the Army Air Corps, at the eye clinic at Scott Field, Ill. After World War II he practiced in Holland for 38 years and was a life member of the Michigan Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.


Otto “Bud” Prier, NICO, Robinson, Ill., Feb. 12. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II in Japan and the Philippines. He worked on the then-secret Norden Bombsight, a device which assisted bombardiers in accurately hitting targets. He practiced in Robinson for 40 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of the Robinson Kiwanis for 65 years and served on the board of directors of the Crawford County Historical Society.


Rev. Henry R. Moore, MCO, Chicago, Feb. 24. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In practice for more than 50 years, he was a founding partner of Plano Optometrics and co-founder, with Robert L. Johnson, OD ’60, of the Plano Child Development Center. He served eight years on the Illinois Board of Examiners in Optometry and was president of the National Optometric Association from 1978-79.


Glen E. Zucker, MCO, Chicago, March 7. He was an inaugural member of ICO’s 50 Year Club and attended every membership induction event since the club was founded.


Daniel C. Curtis, NICO, Kentland, Ind., and Ruskin, Fla., Feb. 25. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1944-47 and was stationed in Alaska. He practiced in Kentland from 1951-98.

William Blaine “Bill” Thompson, NICO, Lexington, N.C., March 9. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years, two of them in the South Pacific. He practiced in Lexington for 40 years.

Eugene W. “Gene” Wolski, NICO, Rockford, Ill., March 11. He was a member of the American Legion Post 1207 and St. Rita Catholic Church. He was also a third degree member of Knights of Columbus St. Rita Council 7624 and a fourth degree member of Assembly 190. He served in the U.S. Air Force.


Jack James, NICO, Norfolk, Neb., April 15. He served in the U.S. Navy as a radioman in the Eighth Naval District. He practiced in Tilden, Neb., until 1961 when he purchased a practice in Norfolk. He retired in 1993. He was past president of the Nebraska Optometric Association and served on the Nebraska State Board of Health and the State Board of Examiners in Optometry.


Henry Baron, CCO, Niles, Ohio, Jan. 26. During his long career, he had the pleasure of fitting President Lyndon B. Johnson with bifocal contacts and also fitted such celebrities as Frank Sinatra and Johnny Carson. In 1973, he received his first soft contact lens patent from the U.S. Patent Office and was issued similar patents from several foreign countries. He traveled throughout Europe teaching optometrists the proper techniques for effective contact lens placement.


Earle Hunter, St. Louis, April 27. He served as a medic from 1951-53 during the Korean War. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, he practiced there until he moved to Oregon, where he opened his practice and taught at Pacific University. His service with the American Optometric Association led him to St. Louis, where he was AOA executive director until he retired in 1995. Following his retirement, he served as special assistant to the dean at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry.


Tom Nelson, Pueblo, Colo., died following an illness on Jan. 21. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hiking, camping, fishing, skiing, golf and scuba diving.

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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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