Earlier this year, I had the privilege of being inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame. In my remarks at the ceremony, I reflected on the 47 years I’ve been in the profession. I’ve had the good fortune to work not only with colleagues in three states, but also with organizations throughout the country. Together we have worked to change the practice of optometry and the education of optometrists, determined to benefit the eye and vision care of every citizen.
The inspiring professionals I’ve encountered throughout the course of my career are numerous and I was unable to mention most of them by name in my remarks. One person I was able to acknowledge by name, however, was Dr. Alfred Rosenbloom. Himself a member of the National Optometry Hall of Fame, Dr. Rosenbloom’s mark on the profession and the Illinois College of Optometry cannot be overstated, and it’s one that continues to this day, with the establishment of the innovative Alfred and Sarah Rosenbloom Center on Vision and Aging at the Illinois Eye Institute.
With the holiday season upon us, I need your support for the finishing touches to the Rosenbloom Center, which we will celebrate with a dedication ceremony on January 18, 2015. Please be generous when you make your end-of-the-year contribution to ICO and designate it to the completion of the center.