Weston A. Pettey, O.D., was raised in Louisiana and educated in California. Pettey came to Texas in 1929 to practice optometry. He very quickly got involved with the Texas Optometric Association (TOA) and its work to improve the status of the profession. One of his life-long dreams was to have a college of optometry in the state to train the best doctors and bring the highest standards and the latest technology to the profession. This dream became a reality in no small part due to Dr. Pettey's efforts. The library, which has been named in his honor, are available to optometrists in Texas and world-wide via computer.
As TOA president in the mid-1940s, Dr. Pettey appointed a committee to research the possibility of establishing a college of optometry at a major Texas university. Both Texas Tech and Southern Methodist University expressed initial interest in the project, but it was the University of Houston Board of Regents who finally voted to establish the school. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he wrote "Eyes and Answers," a newspaper column designed to educate the public. It appeared in almost 100 papers.Service is another priority for Dr. Pettey.