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.
June 11, 2014 |
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.
January 10, 2014 |
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.
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.
December 18, 2011 |
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.
December 9, 2011 |
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.
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.
March 4, 2009 |
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.
December 26, 2008 |
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.
September 8, 2008 |
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.