CLASS NOTES: SPRING 2020
J.J. Abrams (NICO) has announced his retirement after 70 years in practice. From 1950-2005, he enjoyed a solo practice in the Westside neighborhood of Indianapolis. He then joined his son, John Abrams, MD, at Abrams EyeCare Associates until 2020. In 2019, the State of Kentucky honored Dr. Abrams, naming him a Kentucky Colonel.
A. William (Bill) Meyer is enjoying retirement with his therapy dog, spending Wednesdays visiting the patients at the Travis Air Force Base Hospital in Fairfield, Calif. He is proud to share that his son, a Sonoma County Fire Captain, led a strike team to fight the 77,000-acre Kincade fire.
Robert P. Rutstein was the recipient of the Springer Award Lecture given by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, where he holds the distinction of Professor Emeritus. The title of his lecture was “Retinally Induced Aniseikonia: An Under Recognized Cause of Binocular Vision Symptoms in Adults." Established in 1999, the purpose of the award is to invite distinguished vision scientists and clinicians to share their knowledge with optometry students, faculty, residents, and practitioners.
D. R. Gordon received the President's Award from the Illinois Optometric Association during their fall convention.
Joseph Ruskiewicz, Assoc. Professor at PCO/Salus University, is the principal investigator of a multi-center U.S. clinical trial, sponsored by Eyenovia, to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the investigational drug, MicroPine, to help slow myopic progression in children.
Bob Livingston was inducted (posthumously) into the KMA Sports Hall of Fame. A multi-sport standout in the 1960s, he was the team captain for the Shenandoah (Iowa) Mustangs, leading them to their only state appearance.
Mark Hennen received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Optometric Association for his longstanding leadership and service on behalf of the optometric profession.
Millicent Knight, Senior Vice President, Customer Development Group at Essilor of America, received the Optical Women's Association's Pleiades Award. This award recognizes her exceptional action in advancing the leadership role of women in the optical industry.
Mamie Chan was awarded the 2019 OD of the Year Award from the Great Western Council of Optometry. She was also named a new board member of Women in Optometry.
Matt Jones was elected President-Elect of the Illinois Optometric Association during its fall convention.
Erica Ittner welcomed baby Raife William Marker on Jan. 15. She is also a faculty member at ICO.
Zanna Kruoch (ICO Resident) received the Optometric Educator Award from the American Optometric Association.
Jackie Keller and husband Craig Keller ’11 welcomed baby Emma to their family on Jan. 13.
Marian Longo was married to Paul Jones on Oct. 26.
Abby Jakob welcomed baby Max on Jan. 10.
Jessilin Quint (ICO Resident) was named to the board of Women in Optometry.
Jenna Koskey has joined the optometry department at Kaiser Permanente Kona Medical Office. Prior to moving to Hawaii, she worked as an optometrist for the PeaceHealth Medical Group in Eugene, Oregon.
Jasmine Ghotra opened her own solo practice, Precious Eyes, in Abbotsford, BC, on the first day of 2020.
Madeline Bartels has joined the practice Fichte Endl & Elmer in Amherst, N.Y.
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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