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Fall 2019

FALL 2019





Raymond Fine (NICO), Cincinnati, Ohio, May 24. He lived until he was 101 and was still driving the day he passed away. 



Jean P. Jones (MCO), Anna, Ill., Dec. 3, 2018. He served in the Army during WWII. He opened a practice in Anna and retired when he was 75 years old. 


Harold Lee Poynter (NICO), Maryville, Mo., Aug. 17. He served as a Captain in the Army Air Corps. He held leadership positions in the First Christian Church of Maryville, Boy Scouts of America, Pony Express Council, and the Maryville Lions Club, in addition to his positions in the Missouri Optometric Association and Missouri Optometric Board. 


William Dellande (NICO), Columbia, Mo., Mar. 21. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was active in the Contact Lens Section of the AAO, was program chairman and president of the Heart of America Contact Lens Society, and was president of the Missouri Chapter of the AAO. He retired in his early 80’s. 

Paul Grossnickle (NICO), Warsaw, Ind., July 26. He was a Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter pilot in the Pacific during WWII. He served 20 years in the Navy as a pilot and optometrist and served in the Reserves. He practiced optometry in Warsaw for 48 years. A longtime member of the Warsaw Aviation Board, his love of flying led him to go skydiving at the age of 90. 

John E. Price, Jr. (NICO), Georgetown, Tex., May 22. He served in the U.S. Army, receiving a Purple Heart, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Prisoner of War Medal, Victory Medal, and the European Theater Medal with three campaign stars. The Republic of France awarded him the medal of Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honor. 

Irving J. Snider (NICO), Chicago, Ill., May 1. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. and was assigned to the 161st Liaison Unit, serving in the African and Middle Eastern Campaigns. He practiced in Kansas City, Mo., and Chicago for 35 years before retiring. 

Roger C. Verhagen (NICO), North Judson, Ind., Feb. 7. He served in the Army Air Corps. during WWII and practiced in Knox and N. Judson until 1995. 



Jim Houston Day, Sr. (NICO), Gardendale, Ala., Apr. 6. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and was stationed in San Antonio and Greenland. He served as president of the Ala. Optometric Association and the Ala. Optometric Board. After practicing for 48 years in North Central Alabama, he retired in 1998. 

Max LeRoy Smith (NICO), Washington, Iowa, Apr. 2. He served in the Air Force as an Upper Air Weather Observer in North Africa, Morocco, and France. He later transferred to the USAF Medical Service Corps. as an optometrist, serving in the active Reserves for 22 years. 


Ernest G. Havrilla (CCO), Lemont, Ill., May 16. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He practiced in the Mt. Greenwood area for 50 years. He belonged to the Lions Club, Goodfellows, and Knights of Columbus, but was most proud of serving as president of the Illinois Optometric Association. 


Clement Piaskowski (NICO), Livonia, Mich., Feb. 1. 



Edward Furtak, Omaha, Neb., Apr. 16. He practiced until the age of 86. 

Ralph Honson, Bettendorf, Iowa, Dec. 13, 2018. 



James Rixen, Waukon, Iowa, Dec. 3, 2018. He practiced in Waukon until his retirement in 2017. He was involved in the Waukon Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Music Boosters, and Lions Club. He was very active throughout his life, including competing in the Birkebeiner cross-country ski race in Hayward, Wis. 






Friends and Family

Jack Quade, Valparaiso, Ind., Jan. 8. He was a faculty member at ICO during the 1980s. 


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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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