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Jack Bridwell, OD, '59, 1934-2017

Posted On: 04/13/2017

Jack Bridwell

Dr. Jack L. Bridwell, was born in Lubbock, Texas on December 25, 1934, the first child of William Jasper Bridwell and Vivian Dyer Bridwell. Jack married Donna Brandes on March 4, 1961 at Riverside Methodist Church.

After high school, Jack worked his way thru college and UHCO and graduated in 1959. After graduation he joined the Army and was discharged from the Reserves as Second Lieutenant in 1965. He opened his first Optometric Office on NASA Rd. 1 in Seabrook, TX, in 1965. Jack and Donna joined the Clear Lake Methodist Church. He was a member of the Space Center Rotary Club and the Blue Coats. He was President of the Clear Lake Trail Riders who were active with the NASA/Clear Lake Metro Go Texan Committee trail ride and enjoyed his spare time riding his horse, Poco. He was a Life Member of the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo.

In 1971, the Bridwell family moved to Friendswood where Jack opened a satellite practice which eventually turned into a full time practice. Jack served on the Friendswood School Board for thirteen years, serving as president. Was the co-founder of the Friendswood Rotary Club where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow and served as president, member of the Friendswood Literary Society, Friendswood Family Riders and Board Member of Friendswood State Bank. In 1976, Jack was appointed by the Commissioners Courts of Galveston and Brazoria to the Board of Trustees of the Gulf Coast Regional Mental Health Center.

He was President of the Texas Optometric Association in 1969-70 and received the President's Award for outstanding contribution to the profession of Optometry in 1994-95. In 1992, Dean Strickland asked Jack to teach at UHCO and during his ten year plus teaching career, Jack founded the Eye Open Golf Tournament to provide scholarships. He was a founding member of The National Association of Practice Management Educators and co-authored the book, "Business Aspects of Optometry".

Another passion that Jack had, after retirement, was working on the "little ranch" and tending to his cows. He loved to play golf and travel, but his greatest pleasure was spending time with his family.