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Class Notes: Fall 2017



REENA PATEL, OD, ’09, received the Dr. W. David Sullins Jr. InfantSEE® Award at Optometry’s Meeting® for her significant work in the optometric community through the InfantSEE program.

RICK HURLBUT, OD, ’80, founder of Accent Optics, will join Vision Care Specialists (VCS), the leading group of eye-care doctors in Denver, Colo. Dr. Hurlbut shares the same passion for patient care as VCS and looks forward to the ability to offer more services as a member.

VALERIE LAM, OD, ’12, and Belinda Kuo, OD, ’13, were awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD) and inducted as new fellows.

CARL MELNIK, OD, ’65, is Granada Hills' honorary Mayor. He has served the Granada Heights community for more than 40 years.

DONALD STUDT, OD, ’51, received the 2017 Making Vision Therapy Visible Award from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD).

ASHLEY NICKELL, OD, ’17, started her residency at Pediatric Vision Care Services and the Studt Center for Vision Therapy at the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health.

DENH TUYEN, OD, ’12, joined the optometry faculty at Emory Eye Center in Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Tuyen also completed a one-year primary care residency at Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia, Pa., followed by a one-year ophthalmology internship at Eye Physicians and Surgeons in Wilmington, Del.

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In Memoriam

THOMAS E. AMEN, OD, ’64, passed away at the age of 78. He opened several successful practices throughout Southern California during his 45 years in optometric practice. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed the outdoors and loved people. He is survived by his wife of 57 years and their three adult children.

ROBERT A. GREENLEY, OD, ’53, passed away at the age of 91. He ran a successful optometry practice in San Jose for nearly 40 years and was highly involved in various optometric associations, both locally and nationally. He is survived by his wife of nearly 69 years, a son, a daughter-in-law, grandchildren and a sister.

JOSEPH J. JANKOWSKI, OD, ’74, passed away at the age of 69 after 48 years of service to the eye care needs in West Los Angeles and Big Bear. He was an avid explorer and philanthropist, traveling all over the world and using his medical expertise to serve his community and those across the country.

BOB “DOC” RIDLEY, OD, ’52, passed away at the age of 89. He served as a medic in the military, and went on to receive his degrees in zoology, medicine and accounting. He completed a residency in opthalmology and opened a practice Tullahoma, Tenn.