I was born in Pretoria, South Africa. After graduating from High School, I decided to study optometry, following in the footsteps of my father who ran a successful practice. At the time, the optometry school in Johannesburg offered the only program on the continent of Africa.
With his last obstacle to clear, Joe Blackburn, O.D.,'64, fell down a steep hill, wound up in a ditch filled with muddy water up to his neck, and got out fully soaked from a treacherous 4.2 mile run across muddy trails up one hill and down another with 20 obstacles to navigate. This longtime optometrist was testing the endurance of his lifetime.
During the early days of the pandemic, healthcare professionals were desperately trying to purchase face masks. However, Dallas-based Dr. Edward Makler ’72 and his daughter, Amy, were already at the forefront trying to bring much-needed face masks and thermometers for hundreds of optometrists, ophthalmologists and allied healthcare professionals. One of their close contacts, an importer, had access to large quantities of masks, thermometers and other PPE.
Anna-Kaye Logan, OD, FAAO, FSLS has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Dr. Margaret Brown Ingram Early Career Development Award. Funding from this generous endowment will be used to support professional development activities critical to the enrichment and enhancement of her career growth at UHCO.
Internationally renowned expert in optical quality of the human eye, Prof. Raymond A. Applegate, OD, PhD, FAAO, FOSA, FARVO and Borish Chair of Optometry at the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) is the recipient of the 2020 Carel C. Koch Memorial Award from the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).
Charles “C.J.” Dale, a third year optometry student enrolled in the O.D./M.S. program at the University of Houston College of Optometry, is the recipient of the 2020 VCS Distinguished Student Service Award for his contributions to vision care and public health.