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UHCO Mourns the loss of a Visionary and Friend

Dr. Brien Holden (1942-2015)

UHCO is saddened to announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, FAAO on July, 27, 2015 in Sydney Australia, and we extend our condolences to the family.

A passionate humanitarian with global view, Dr. Holden served as CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute and Professor at the School of Optometry at UNSW Australia. His life’s work was service…to the scientific community, to the health care community and to individuals in need of vision care regardless of their geographic location or their financial limitations.

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Students from nine universities spent six weeks at UHCO this summer in intensive science studies. For over 25 years, TEXOCOP has been a leading program in preparing students for their optometry school applications.  

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Dr. Charles Stewart 1918-2015

Dr. Charles R. Stewart passed away June 30, 2015, at the age of 96. He graduated from The Ohio State University and later served as UHCO’s first dean from 1952 to 1961. Dr. Stewart helped pave the way for the College through his efforts to proclaim November 13 as “Optometry Day.” Funds raised from optometrists on this day went toward establishing UHCO. Later, the day became an official proclamation by former Texas Governor Allen Shivers in February of 1953. Dr. Stewart returned to the College of Optometry in 1978 to serve as Interim Dean and Associate Dean until he retired in 1982. Dr. Stewart was a leader, mentor and friend, and there is no doubt UHCO and optometry has lost a great man. 

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