News, Media and Stories | Optometry Alumni

In Memoriam: James (Jim) Bradley Mayer '81, OD '83
DeAnn Fitzgerald '81, OD '84 was promoted to president of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. 
Mari Fujimoto
Pacific University Optometry Professor Mari Fujimoto OD ’19 was honored with one of the 2020 Johnson & Johnson Vision Residency Awards. The George W. Mertz Contact Lens Residency Award supports post-graduate advanced training in optometric clinical care, education and research methods specific to the fields of children’s vision and contact lenses.
Etosha Fegan OD '17 joined the Central Oregon Eyecare team of doctors.
Carkner plaque
One of the most prominent names connected with Pacific’s College of Optometry is Carkner, and the connection began before the beginning.
DeAnn Fitzgerald ’81, OD ’84 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has become well known for her focus on using optometry as a way to manage athletes’ concussions. She has developed protocols for young athletes who suffer head injuries, and her work has been widely shared and emulated around the country.
Asparagus Fritatta
Sandra (Coutts) Young ‘82, OD ‘84 created a business called Visionary Kitchen, which connects nutrition with eye health. She is the author of Visionary Kitchen: A Cookbook for Eye Health.
Wid Bleything at Veteran's Day
Willard “Wid” Bleything ’51, OD ’52, MS ’54 earned three degrees from Pacific University on his way to becoming an optometrist. He served in the Air Force and Air Reserves, retiring as a colonel, and he also worked in private practice for many years before eventually returning to Pacific, where he became the dean of the College of Optometry.
Alli Hoppert OD '11, recently joined Eyes on Hayden, an optometry clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. 
Allissun Hoppert OD '11 has joined 20/20 Image Eye Centers in Arizona. 

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