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March 4, 2009 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Walter Elfman, 90, of Wallingford, a retired optometrist, died of pneumonia Monday at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Elfman grew up in West Philadelphia. During World War II he served in the Army in the South Pacific. After his discharge, he graduated from a high school for veterans in Washington, and from the Chicago College of Optometry. He worked for optometrists in Chicago before returning to the Philadelphia area. Dr. Elfman managed the optometry department at Lit Bros.
NEWS
March 17, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Dr. Arnold D. Mazer, 85, of Wyncote, an optometrist who was active in the Jewish community, died on Tuesday at Vencor Hospital in Philadelphia from complications following surgery. At the time of his death, he was a sole practitioner with offices at 7905 Ogontz Ave. in Philadelphia. His wife had been his receptionist and bookkeeper for many years. Dr. Mazer was a past president of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry's Alumni Association and in 1976 received the college's Albert Fitch alumnus of the year award.
NEWS
May 8, 1988 | By Rich Henson, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dr. George H. Crozier, 62, an associate dean at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, died Thursday at Temple University Hospital after a lengthy illness. He lived in Huntingdon Valley. Dr. Crozier, who came from a family of optometrists, grew up in the city's Oak Lane section and graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1949. His father, Dr. John E. Crozier, was an optometrist, as are his wife, brother and daughter. Shortly after graduation, the younger Dr. Crozier became an instructor at the college, where school officials said he taught "well over half" of the college's 4,500 graduates.
NEWS
February 25, 2004 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gilbert Rubin, 86, of Cherry Hill, an optometrist who practiced in South Camden for more than 60 years, died of leukemia Saturday at Virtua-West Jersey Hospital Marlton. Dr. Rubin maintained his practice on Kaighn Avenue through Camden's economic prosperity and struggles, using the front of his home for many years before moving his practice across the street to a more modern office. He kept it there after moving to his home in Cherry Hill. A graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, he began practicing in the community after serving in the Army medical corps during World War II, when he was stationed in Germany and provided eye exams for troops.
NEWS
June 11, 1998 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Gerald Tull, 74, a practicing optometrist for half a century, died Tuesday at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center, Camden. A Cinnaminson resident for the last 35 years, he was born in Philadelphia and was raised in the Parkside section of Camden and East Camden. He was a 1941 graduate of Camden High School. Dr. Tull was a doctor of optometry for 50 years in Riverside. He retired last year. He was one of the founders of the Camden Optometric Eye Center, a nonprofit facility for poor and uninsured patients, where he served as a staff doctor, officer, trustee and member of the board of directors until his death.
NEWS
September 20, 1996 | By Noel E. Holton, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Alexander T. Dziatkiewicz, 77, who played semipro baseball during World War II with such legends as Josh Gibson and Roy Campanella, died Sunday at the Mediplex Rehab-Cooper Plaza in Camden. Mr. Dziatkiewicz, a retired optometrist, was born in Camden. He graduated from the Philadelphia School of Optometry. As the result of a childhood injury, Mr. Dziatkiewicz was ineligible to join the Armed Forces during World War II. Instead, he put himself through optometry school working for Campbell Soup.
NEWS
February 11, 1990 | By Sue Chastain, Inquirer Staff Writer
Until he entered fourth grade, Robbie Crawford seemed to his teachers like a nice enough kid. A little slow, perhaps, but no real problem. Then the roof fell in. "His fourth grade teacher told us he was learning-disabled, socially and emotionally disturbed, and she wanted him out of her classroom," recalled Robbie's mother, Judy Crawford, who owns a Wilmington day-care center. "He was two years behind in reading, one year in math. . . . He'd turned into the class clown. The other kids didn't play with him - you could see they thought of him as one of the dummies.
NEWS
May 23, 1988 | By Gerald B. Jordan, Inquirer Washington Bureau
A Senate committee will investigate alleged kickbacks and questionable referral agreements for cataract surgery at a hearing scheduled for today in Philadelphia. Sen. John Heinz of Pennsylvania, the ranking Republican on the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will act as chairman of the panel, which will review the way Medicare pays for cataract surgery. The hearing is expected to focus, in part, on changes in federal law in 1980 and 1986 that extended Medicare payments to optometrists for services before and after cataract surgery.
BUSINESS
February 12, 1988 | By Gregory Spears, Inquirer Washington Bureau
The Federal Trade Commission has voted to overturn state laws that have raised the cost of eyeglasses and contact lenses for more than 100 million Americans. By a 4-1 vote on Wednesday the commission ordered its staff to write a rule to strike down four specific trade practices in laws in 44 states. They include laws in some states that forbid an optometrist from having a practice in a shopping center, FTC spokeswoman Susan Ticknor said. The three other trade practices are those that: Limit the number of franchise stores one optometrist can operate.
NEWS
July 25, 2014
D R. CHRIS ANASTASIOU, 56, of South Philadelphia, is an optometrist who owns the Modern Eye optical shops/optometrist offices in University City, on Walnut Street near 34th, and in Center City, 13th and Walnut. A magazine for eye-care professionals recently named Modern Eye one of the top three independent optical retailers. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Modern Eye? A: I was working as a hired optometrist for a small chain of eyeglass shops. I went in with the owner as a franchise partner and the store was originally called Eyeglass Encounters in University City.
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NEWS
July 25, 2014
D R. CHRIS ANASTASIOU, 56, of South Philadelphia, is an optometrist who owns the Modern Eye optical shops/optometrist offices in University City, on Walnut Street near 34th, and in Center City, 13th and Walnut. A magazine for eye-care professionals recently named Modern Eye one of the top three independent optical retailers. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Modern Eye? A: I was working as a hired optometrist for a small chain of eyeglass shops. I went in with the owner as a franchise partner and the store was originally called Eyeglass Encounters in University City.
NEWS
June 11, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
J. Marvin Bloom, 81, of Blue Bell, an optometrist in Center City for 40 years, died Saturday, May 24, of cancer at his home. Before retiring in 2000, Dr. Bloom practiced optometry and fitted patients with contact lenses from an office at 12th and Market Streets. He was much beloved by his many patients, his family said. "We are hearing from hundreds of people who knew him. It is unbelievable," said his wife, Dene Samitz Bloom. Born in Chester, Dr. Bloom graduated from Chester High School in 1950 and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry with a doctor of optometry degree in 1955.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bernard Kushner, 96, of Bala Cynwyd, an optometrist who served on the Pennsylvania State Board of Optometrical Examiners, died Sunday, Jan. 5, of cardiovascular failure at his home. A leader in his medical profession since graduating from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1940, Dr. Kushner was appointed in 1961 to the state examining board for a four-year term. He was reappointed by Govs. William W. Scranton, Raymond P. Shafer, Milton J. Shapp, and Richard L. Thornburgh, and served as chairman of the board for many years.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2013
1 BUCKLE UP EVERY TIME Every year thousands of lives are saved because of seat belts - about 30 percent of highway deaths are attributed to the occupants' not being restrained. 2 ANNUAL CHECKUP See the doctor at least once a year for a physical. When you go to the doctor have your blood pressure, blood sugar, triglycerides and cholesterol tested. Ask for the results and maintain a file with the numbers. This way you can see where you're trending and manage a problem before it starts.
NEWS
December 18, 2011 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
Fifteen years ago, when Nani and John Chong had an opening for an optometrist at their Center City optical boutique, they wanted Dr. B. Herbert Behrmann had a following. Patients raved about his calm instructions and corny jokes. After refracting thousands of glasses and contacts, Behrmann's old-school training and precision awed younger admirers. Dr. B was 75. He'd survived World War II and managed care, outlived two wives, and witnessed seismic changes in his profession, but could see no reason to stop working.
NEWS
December 9, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jerry Davidoff, 58, of West Chester, an optometrist, died of lung cancer on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Chester County Hospital. Dr. Davidoff joined his father Sydney's optometry practice in Broomall in 1981 and took over the practice when his father retired. Ten years ago, he opened a second office in West Chester. In tributes sent to his family, Dr. Davidoff's patients commented on his sense of humor, his caring, and how comfortable he made them feel. He often provided optometric care for those who had no insurance, his family said.
NEWS
June 23, 2011
A Wild West reenactment in South Dakota proved a little too true to life for a vacationing Pennsylvania optometrist last week. John Ellis, 48, of South Connellsville, and his family were watching a staged shootout Friday on Main Street in Hill City, a town in Black Hills National Forest. The confrontation unfolded, and the sound of gunfire rang out. Ellis told the Connellsville (Pa.) Daily Courier he assumed the guns were firing blanks. Then he felt the impact. "I reached for my elbow and saw blood on my hand," Ellis said.
NEWS
March 4, 2009 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Walter Elfman, 90, of Wallingford, a retired optometrist, died of pneumonia Monday at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Elfman grew up in West Philadelphia. During World War II he served in the Army in the South Pacific. After his discharge, he graduated from a high school for veterans in Washington, and from the Chicago College of Optometry. He worked for optometrists in Chicago before returning to the Philadelphia area. Dr. Elfman managed the optometry department at Lit Bros.
NEWS
December 26, 2008 | By Matt Katz INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dr. Bernard Adler, 87, of Center City, an optometrist who loved his craft so much he continued taking courses in retirement, died of heart failure Tuesday at home. Born and raised in North Philadelphia, Dr. Adler graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry before serving as an Army optometrist in England and France during World War II. Dr. Adler and his wife of 65 years, Ruth, raised their family in Cheltenham before moving to Center City nine years ago. For more than 50 years, Dr. Adler had a practice on Rising Sun Avenue in the Northeast.
NEWS
September 8, 2008 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dr. Eli D. Pronchick, 88, formerly of King of Prussia, a retired optometrist, opera enthusiast, and decorated World War II veteran, died of heart failure Aug. 27 at the home of his daughter Daria McDonough in Ormond Beach, Fla. Dr. Pronchick grew up with eight siblings in Olney and graduated from Central High School, where he was on the fencing and tennis teams. He attended Villanova University and graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He later served on the school's faculty for 20 years.
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