SPRING 2020

CLASS NOTES: SPRING 2020

1930s

1940s

1949

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.


1950s

1960s

1962

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.


1969

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.


1970s

1971

D. R. Gordon received the President's Award from the Illinois Optometric Association during their fall convention.


1973 

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.


1977 

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.


1980s

1983

Mark Hennen received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Optometric Association for his longstanding leadership and service on behalf of the optometric profession.


1987 

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.


1990s

2000s

2000

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.


2008

Matt Jones was elected President-Elect of the Illinois Optometric Association during its fall convention.


2009

Erica Ittner welcomed baby Raife William Marker on Jan. 15. She is also a faculty member at ICO.


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2010s

2010

Zanna Kruoch (ICO Resident) received the Optometric Educator Award from the American Optometric Association.


2011

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.


2014

Abby Jakob welcomed baby Max on Jan. 10.


2015

Jessilin Quint (ICO Resident) was named to the board of Women in Optometry.


2016 

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.


2018

Jasmine Ghotra opened her own solo practice, Precious Eyes, in Abbotsford, BC, on the first day of 2020.


2019

Madeline Bartels has joined the practice Fichte Endl & Elmer in Amherst, N.Y.


2020s

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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

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