In Memoriam

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George O. Waring III

George O. Waring III, MD passed peacefully Tuesday, January 27 surrounded by his family. Dr. Waring III served as professor of ophthalmology at Emory University for over 30 years and trained over 60 fellows in cornea and refractive surgery. Considered to be one of the most influential ophthalmologists in recent history, he helped pioneer the subspecialty of refractive surgery. Dr. Waring was also the consummate explorer and adventurer. He was inducted into the prestigious Explorer’s Club in 2001. With the unique combination of insight, curiosity, energy and enthusiasm, he inspired those around him. He will be fondly remembered as a mentor, cherished colleague, and loyal friend. Dr. Waring is survived by his four children, George O. Waring IV, MD, John Timothy Waring MD, Joy Alliene Harty, Matthew George Waring, as well his brother Dennis Gardner Waring and as his four granddaughters. Dr. Waring’s celebration of life ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 21. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Waring Vision Foundation at the American Endowment Foundation in Dr. Waring’s honor.

Harold Thomas Dodds M.D. DOD: 07.18.2013

Harold Thomas Dodds, M.D., 73 Harold Thomas Dodds, M.D., 73, of Swarthmore, PA, died suddenly on July 10. Survivors: Husband of Sheila Bell, father of Graham Dodds (Amy Kimball) and Melissa Dodds Lenhard (Brian). Also survived by stepson Dana Bell (Christy) and grandchildren Oliver and Julia Dodds, Nicholas and Caroline Lenhard, step grandchildren August and Savannah Bell, and former wife Diane Gibbons Dodds. He was predeceased by his sister Mary Jane Baird, son Parker Dodds, and stepson Colin Bell. Born in Marcy, NY, Tom graduated from Williams College and Albany Medical College. He served as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy, practiced ophthalmology and was a cornea specialist at Wills Eye Hospital and Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia until his retirement in 2010. Tom was a lifelong music enthusiast and relished singing with church and community choirs and choral groups. He also enjoyed playing squash, traveling, spending time with relatives, and telling bad jokes. – See more at:

Sam Blank M.D. DOD: 08.15.2012

Dr. Samuel Blank, August 15, 2012 of West Palm Beach, FL. Formerly of Philadelphia, PA. Husband of the late Jeanne (nee Robinson). Father of Wendy Hilary Blank and Jonathan Scott Blank. Also survived by Steffi, Scanner and Jade. Relatives and friends are invited to Graveside services Friday August 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the Roosevelt Memorial Park, Trevose, Bucks, Co. PA. – See more at:

Philip H. Geetter M.D. DOD: 08.12.2012

Philip Henry Geetter, M.D., 68, popular ophthalmologist and surgeon, of Pipersville, PA, died peacefully in his sleep from acute heart failure on Sunday, (August 12, 2012), while vacationing with his wife in The Hamptons. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Helene (Rau) Geetter for 42 years. Philip was born in Hartford, CT, the eldest child of Nathan Geetter and the late Lillian (Rosenfield) Geetter. Married in 1970, Philip and Helene would raise their children in Bucks County, PA. A graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, CT and Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Philip completed his medical internship at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in San Diego, returning to Jefferson for his ophthalmological residency. In June 1974 Philip founded Bucks Mont Eye Associates in Sellersville. He was also active on the medical staff of Grand View Hospital, Sellersville; St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital and Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia. Board certified in ophthalmology, he was a Fellow of both the American and the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Implant Society. Dr. Geetter had also served as past president of the Grand View Hospital medical staff. He was also President of the Inter-County Ophthalmic Society, a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and an honorary member of the Wills Eye Society.

Dr. Geetter was a caring, compassionate, and understanding physician. In the almost forty years he served his community, he not only delivered ophthalmic care but also made friends, gave comfort, and earned a place in everyone’s heart. His connection with his patients was forged from a combination of his passion for practicing medicine, mixed with his delight in meeting new people and learning from them. Few things made him as happy as a new story, perspective, or idea. He carried his insatiable curiosity through all aspects of his life and let it lead him wherever it would. He was revered in his community not only for his service to his patients but also for his fun-loving personality and expansive sense of humor. No one lived life quite the way Philip managed to do. He desired nothing more than to learn, explore, and constantly experience not only the finer things in life but also the odd, unusual, and unexpected things as well. He shared his love of travel with his family, taking his children and grandchildren on special excursions every year. Philip loved spending time in his garden, going fishing with his family, traveling to exotic locations, chasing hurricanes and relaxing in his hammock.

Philip had a knack for finding the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure, and his playful sense of humor was woven through it all. He never hesitated to crack a joke, delighting in clever riddles and funny stories. When we think of Philip, we will remember him with a smile on his face. A man of multiple visions in more ways than one, Philip will be missed by family, friends, and the countless patients he cared for over the years. In addition to his wife, Philip is survived by his four children: Erik Geetter and his wife, Donna; Todd Geetter; Chad Geetter; Courtney Rowe and her husband, Dan; three grandchildren: Audrey, Zachary and Troy Geetter; his father, Nathan Geetter; a sister, Diane Zucker; nephews, David Zucker and his wife, Anissa; Joshua Zucker and his wife, Anne; grand-nieces, Isadora and Lillian Zucker; and his two dogs, “Gracie” and “Carly.” – See more at:

Severn Richard Ombres Jr. DOD: 11.23.2012

Passed away Friday, November 23, after a prolonged battle with cancer, with his loving wife and children by his side. Dr. Ombres was born November 19, 1939 in Palm Beach, FL. He was the oldest child of the late Dr. S. Richard Ombres, Sr. and the late Lenore Bonelli Ombres. Dr Ombres was a graduate of Palm Beach High, he received his BA from St. Francis College in Pennsylvania, and then received his Medical Degree from The University of Geneve in Switzerland. He did his ophthalmology residency at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, his medical internship at Harlem Hospital, NY, and finally his Retina Fellowship at the Prestigious Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He returned to West Palm Beach in 1979 and started his private practice in Ophthalmology with a specialty in retinal diseases of the eye.

In 2001, Dr. Ombres began practicing in St. Croix, USVI due to the extreme need for the patients in the islands to be treated by a Board Certified Retinologist. He was truly loved by his patients and staff in St. Croix for saving the eyesight of so many people. He met lifelong friends there until his illness caused him to retire in May of 2012. Dr. Ombres is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Patricia ?Patty? Ombres; children, Severn Ombres, III (Carmen), Michelel Lemell, Jennifer Seamann (Darren), Charles Ombres (Allison), and Peter Ombres. He is also survived by his loving sister, Marian Ombres Frank (Sidney) and brother, Douglas Ombres (Laurie) and two nephews. He will be dearly missed by his six beautiful grandchildren: Victoria and Rebecca Lemell, Joseph and Christopher Ombres, and Anslee and Kaylee Seamann. – See more at:

Larry E. Magargal M.D. DOD: 12.27.2012

A retired Retina Vascular Surgeon at Wills Eye and graduate of Temple Medical School 1969. Co-Director of the Retina Vascular Unit at Wills Eye, Captain in the US Army and active with Historic Preservation. Beloved husband of Helga (nee Olsen). Loving father of Lauren (James) Sanger, Larry E. Jr., Geoffrey (Davina). Also survived by 3 grandchildren, one brother William.

Dr. Benjamin P. Houser Jr. M.D. DOD: 02.24.2013

Dr. Benjamin P. Houser Jr., MD, 75, of Lehighton, entered into eternal rest Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 in his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Carol A. (Fisher) Houser.
They celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary in August of last year.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Benjamin P. Sr. MD and Grace (McCarroll) Houser and step-son of Ruth (Hood) Houser of Lehighton.He was a member of the last graduating class from St. Jerome’s High School in Tamaqua in 1954. He attended Mercersburg Academy in 1955 and graduated from Ursinus College in 1959 with a Bachelor’s degree in biology. He furthered his education at Jefferson Medical College, graduating in 1963 with a Doctor of Medicine. Ben completed an internship at Geisinger Medical Center in 1964 and then joined the US Air Force. He attained the rank of Captain and was stationed in Cheyenne, Wyoming where he served as a flight surgeon during the Vietnam conflict.

Following his years of military service, he completed a residency in Ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia in 1969. He served as Chief Resident during his senior year. Upon completing his medical training, Ben took over his father’s practice in Tamaqua. He practiced ophthalmology in the area until retiring in 1998.He was on the teaching staff at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and had staff privileges at St. Luke’s Hospital, Miners Memorial Hospital, Gnaden Huetten Hospital, Palmerton Hospital, Pottsville Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Shamokin Hospital, and Ashland Hospital.

Ben was a member of the Academy of Ophthalmology and the Northeast PA Lions Eye Bank. He was a world class fly fisherman, avid hunter, and sportsman. He also enjoyed woodworking. He was a member of the Atlantic Salmon Federation and Algerines Hunting Club in PA. Ben was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Lehighton.

Surviving along with his wife and step-mother are his children; Ben P. III and his wife, Kimberly of Lehighton; Angela and her husband, Bradley Christman of Lehighton; Jennifer Houser of New York City, NY; and Stephanie and her husband, E.J. Caterson of Wellesley, MA; grandchildren, Hannah and Abigail Christman, Ava and Ben IV Houser, Ned and Henry Caterson, and step-grandchildren, Nicole Zellner and Brandie White. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Grace Anne Houser and Patricia Johns. – See more at:

Leonard Apt M.D. DOD: 02.01.2013

Internationally respected UCLA eye surgeon Dr. Leonard Apt, who co-developed an inexpensive antiseptic eye drop that substantially reduced the incidence of blindness in children in developing countries, died Feb. 1 at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, after a brief illness. He was 90.

A founding member of the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA and an emeritus professor of ophthalmology, Apt was the first physician in the world to become board-certified in both pediatrics and ophthalmology. He devoted his career to preventing blindness in children.

Together with longtime collaborator Dr. Sherwin Isenberg, Apt identified povidone–iodine as a safe topical antimicrobial agent. Prior to their research, no previous studies provided a standard for sterilizing the surface of the eye before surgery. Known commercially as Betadine, the eye drop is now used throughout the world to prepare patients for eye surgery and prevent infection. Apt and Isenberg also demonstrated that Betadine was safer, cheaper and more effective than silver nitrate or antibiotics in preventing eye disease in newborns.

“”Leonard described himself as ‘a man of firsts,’ and he really was,”” said Isenberg, UCLA’s Laraine and David Gerber Professor of Ophthalmology and chief of ophthalmology at Los Angeles County Harbor–UCLA Medical Center. “”He had very clever ideas and constantly looked for meaningful ways to improve patient care on a large scale. His prolific research resulted in innovations in pediatrics and ophthalmology that are now used all over the world.””

Born to a wealthy family in Philadelphia on June 28, 1922, Apt entered the University of Pennsylvania at age 14 and graduated with highest honors. After earning his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1945, he trained in pediatrics at Harvard University and pathology at the University of Cincinnati and completed a National Institutes of Health ophthalmology fellowship at Columbia University.

Apt joined the UCLA faculty in 1961 and founded the first full-time pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus division at a U.S. medical school. He was co-founder and co-director of the UCLA Center to Prevent Childhood Blindness, which ran an extensive preschool vision-screening program.

Over his long and productive career, he invented several diagnostic tests, including the widely used Apt test, which distinguishes between fetal and maternal blood after birth. He was the first to use plastic tubing for blood transfusions, to develop a method for predicting allergy to catgut and collagen sutures prior to surgery, to pinpoint a formula for the eyes’ proper position under anesthesia, and to identify several new diseases.

“”Leonard made the world a better place,”” said Dr. Bradley Straatsma, a professor emeritus at the Jules Stein Eye Institute who met Apt 50 years ago while a medical resident at Columbia University, where Apt was pursuing an ophthalmology fellowship. “”He was a brilliant physician–scientist, a tireless advocate for the eye care of children, a generous philanthropist and a true friend.””

In addition to publishing more than 300 articles that left a major impact on pediatrics and ophthalmology, Apt received many honors and awards, including the American Academy of Pediatrics Lifetime Achievement Award, the UCLA Alumni Association Award for Excellence and the UCLA Dickson Emeritus Professorship Award. To honor him, the American Academy of Pediatrics created an annual lecture that bears his name. In 2010, he was selected National Physician of the Year by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Apt was a passionate UCLA philanthropist and staunch supporter of eye research, the arts, student scholarships, the humanities, college athletics and many other initiatives across campus. He endowed both a chair and a fellowship at UCLA’s Department of Ophthalmology. An ardent Bruins fan, he always had great center-court seats at UCLA basketball games.

“”Leonard was a true Renaissance man: a scholar, clinician, educator, scientist, philanthropist, patron of the arts, sports enthusiast and wine connoisseur. His accomplishments and achievements were legendary,”” said Dr. Bartley Mondino, director of the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA and chairman of ophthalmology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “”On a personal level, he was charming, engaging, humorous and generous.””

Preceded in death by three sisters, Apt is survived by two nephews, Kenneth Rappaport of San Diego and Robert Hersh of Thousand Oaks, Calif. Services were held Feb. 5 in Los Angeles.

Harry W. Camp Jr. M.D. DOD: 03.08.2012

Harry was born on July 11, 1917 and passed away March 8, 2012 after a short illness. He was born in Akron, Ohio. He was the eldest of two children born to Harry W. Camp and Edna Foltz Camp. He is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Jean Fogg Camp and a sister, Betty Hooper. Harry received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Kent State University and his M.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1945. During Harry’s medical school years, he was enrolled in the Army Specialized Training Program. This required him to serve in the army during World War ll for four years. The first two years were spent at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington DC. The second two were spent in Germany and France. Harry decided to specialize in Ophthalmology. He took a post graduate course in this at Harvard University, and a residency at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Harry joined as full partner at Western Clinic in Tacoma, Washington in 1957. He became the medical director during the planning and building of the Western Clinic building in Tacoma Washington. During his time at Western Clinic he also served as Chief of Staff of Doctor’s Hospital. He was also on staff of five hospitals in the area. After having practiced Ophthalmology for 40 years, Harry retired in 1997 at the age of 80. He is survived by his daughter Terry A. Martino (husband Gerald), and a son, Wallace F. Camp (friend Rose Mattich) and several nieces and nephews.

William J. Jordan Sr. DOD: 02.22.2012

William Joseph Jordan, 70, prominent ophthalmologist in the area, passed away on February 22, 2012, at Regional Hospital of Scranton, Pa. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late James Shannon and Mae O’Rourke Jordan. He was a member of the Church of Saint Gregory in Clarks Green.

He was a proud graduate of Scranton Preparatory High School. Dr. Jordan received his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and was awarded his medical doctorate from the University of Ottawa in Canada. Following medical school, Dr. Jordan was a U.S. Veteran, having served on active duty in the Vietnam era, completing his duties with the rank of Captain in the Army. During his time there, he received the Army Commendation Medal in 1971. Dr. William Jordan was one of the founders of Northeastern Eye Institute, after having joined his father in the family practice. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Jordan was a member and past President of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick in Scranton. He was a member of the Lackawanna County Medical Society and served on the board of the Lackawanna County Association for the Blind. He was awarded the Medallion Alumni Award at Villanova University in 1998.

Bill was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend. All who knew him would say he was the kindest, gentlest and most generous man ever known. He was a hero to many and a friend to all. We will forever be grateful to have had him in our lives.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Jordan, and his sister, Sheila Jordan-Murray. He is survived by his three children, four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild, Dr. William and Karen Jordan and their children, Conor, Brenna, Aiden and Kailen; Maura and Mike Andzulis and their children, Shannon, Ashley, Lauren and Jackie; and Maggie Jordan.

Also surviving are three brothers and their wives, Dr. Arthur and Maryclaire Jordan, James and Maryann Jordan, and Dr. Jerome and Marlene Jordan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. – See more at:

Edward J. Cannon M.D. DOD: 09.21.2011

Dr. Edward J. Cannon of Bryn Mawr, an eye surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital, passed peacefully on September 21, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Nancy Meehan Cannon and brother of the late Frank Cannon and Agnes McGowan. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Frank D. and Agnes Monaghan Cannon. Dr. Cannon grew up in Philadelphia and was an Alumnus of La Salle, Villanova, Temple and University of Pennsylvania graduate School of Medicine. Enlisted in the Navy in 1943, and was a Captain in the Army where he served as the Assistant Chief of Ophthalmology at Tokyo Army Hospital during the Korean War. Dr. Cannon had a long and distinguished career. His professionalism, dedication and service to the community was appreciated by those he served, and was also recognized by his colleagues. Some of the recognitions and memberships he was invited to join included; Fellow of American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmology and International College of Surgeons, a member of Philadelphia County Medical Society and Pennsylvania State Medical Society. His dedication to the profession also included helping the future doctors by teaching Biology at LaSalle University.

Throughout his life many things changed, however, his faith never did. It was always centered on his special devotion to the Blessed Mother and his family. He was also a longtime active and faithful communicant of St. John Vianney Church and Member of Knights of Columbus and Circle of Leaders of Catholic Charities Appeal. He shared many travel adventures at home and abroad with his family. His love of the Jersey shore started with summers in Ventnor and Ocean City in his youth. Later he enjoyed many happy memories with his wife and their nine daughters at their summer home in Longport. Cruising the four corners of the world was his passion. His professional designation was MD but his daughters lovingly referred to him as WT “World Traveler”. He also had a passion for all things art, from the Grand Masters to the Impressionists. He had a scholar’s library of art books which he enjoyed on a daily basis.

Above and beyond his accomplishments and recognitions, he was first and foremost a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather who will be sadly missed by all his family. He is survived by his 9 loving daughters; Eva Cannon (Robert Westerlund), Nancy Cannon, Mary Magazzu (Mark), Maureen Meehan, Agnes Wismer (Richard), Lisa Gruchacz (Robert), Joanne Raphaelson (Mark), Colleen Tulskie (James), Constance Crump (Glenn), brother of Joseph Cannon (Betty Lou) He is also survived by his 19 devoted grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. – See more at:

John B. “Jack” Jeffers M.D. DOD: 10.11.2011

JEFFERS JOHN B., D.V.M., M.D. Resident of Mt. Laurel and Sea Isle City, NJ passed away October 11, 2011 at the age of 79. Beloved husband of Nancy A. (Duggan) Jeffers (59yrs.) and his children: Victoria McKeever (John), Michelle McAllister deceased (Mark), John D. (Jill), James D., and 10 grandchildren: Shannon Ludlow (Michael), Christina, Patrick, Shawna Sasaki (Brad), Dustin, Matthew, Alicia, James, Matthew John, Devin. Dr. Jeffers attended Rutgers University (Pre-Medical), Cornell University (Doctor Veterinary Medicine), Temple University (Medical Doctor and Internal Medicine Internship) and Wills Eye Hospital (Residency for Ophthalmology). In 1972 he received board certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Jeffers was Director of Resident Education and head of Wills Eye Emergency Room until his retirement in 2004. He was highly respected as an educator and world-renowned expert in the field of ocular sports related injuries and traumatic hyphema. Dr. Jeffers was the former team ophthalmologist for the Philadelphia 76ers, Eagles, and Phillies. – See more at:

William F. Grant Jr. M.D. DOD: 04.27.2011

William F. Grant Jr., M.D., passed away peacefully on April 27, 2011, at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge, N.J., after a long illness. Friends are invited to visit from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Dooley Funeral Home, 218 North Ave. West in Cranford, N.J. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at St. Joseph’s Church, Roselle, N.J. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, N.J. Born on March 17, 1935, in Newark, N.J., Dr. Grant lived and worked in New Jersey his entire life, settling in Edison, N.J. A graduate of The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., Dr. Grant received his medical degree from New York Medical College in New York City. He interned at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, N.J., and did his residency at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

Associated for 25 years with University Hospital of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey as a doctor and a professor, he was instrumental in the creation and implementation of training for emergency medical technicians and paramedics for the State of New Jersey. He oversaw the New Jersey State Police Helicopter Ambulance Service and designed and implemented the Midwife Program at UMDNJ. Dr. Grant had been the team physician for the New Jersey Generals and the New Jersey Nets and volunteered his time and skills in Haiti. His interests included collecting and visiting lighthouses, travel, ballooning, and coin collecting. Surviving are his five children, including MaryEllen Anderson, and Timothy; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his sister, Nancy Dravis, and his long time companion and confidant, Eileen Brady. – See more at:

Kenneth R. Jaegers Jr. M.D. DOD: 04.16.2011

“JAEGERS, KENNETH R. JR., M.D., of Louisville, passed away on April 16, 2011 after an illness. He was 48.

Dr. Jaegers was born in Vicenza, Italy, to Patricia B. Jaegers and Kenneth R. Jaegers, Sr., M.D. He grew up in Louisville, where he was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Ballard High School in 1981. He was also a graduate of Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, and the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He pursued his residency in ophthalmology at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was Chief Resident. He then did a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at Wills Eye Hospital, after which he returned to Louisville in 2000 and entered practice with his father, retiring in 2007.

Dr. Jaegers had a brilliant and contemplative mind, and an exemplary and comforting bedside manner. He was on an unending quest for knowledge and understanding, and he loved to travel. During the past 20 years, he made frequent visits to Kerala, India, where he opened an eye clinic, treated patients, and explored Indian culture. He was blessed to visit Anandashram in Kerala, and to meet and know Swami Satchidanandaji. He was also blessed to marry the love of his life, Radha, in 2005. He was loved and respected by his patients, colleagues, friends and family, and he will be missed by all who ever knew him.

He is survived by his wife; parents; and brother, Eric. – See more at:

Reginald James “Jim” Raban M.D. DOD: 10.09.2010

RABAN, M.D. Reginald James “Jim” On Oct. 9, 2010, age 91, longtime resident of Cherry Hill and husband of the late beloved Doris (nee Sampler). Loving father of Lynn E. Palmer of Kill Devil Hills, NC, Reginald James Raban of Beach Haven, NJ, Gale Raban of Key Largo, FL and Jane McEvoy of Newtown, CT. Also survived by 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Dr. Raban graduated from Ursinus College and Thomas Jefferson University Medical School. During the Korean War, he proudly served the U.S. Air Force as a Flight Surgeon for the 81st Fighter Bomber Squadron stationed in Hahn, Germany. Returning home, he entered the Wills Eye Institute and became an ophthalmologist. He was on the staff of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden and maintained his own practice in Cherry Hill for over 35 years. Dr. Raban belonged to Tavistock CC and Pine Valley CC. Medicine was his first love but golf was a close 2nd. – See more at:

James Archibald “Arch” McNamara M.D. DOD: 09.29.2010

James Archibald Gerard McNamara, 54, of Ambler, died on September 30, 2010. Arch leaves to remember and give thanks for his life his loving wife and best friend of 26 years, Dr. Judith Ellen Melick and his two wonderful children, daughter Kelly Elizabeth and son David James. He was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, on October 15, 1955 to the late Dr. James Archibald and the late Rose (Peyton) McNamara. He received both his undergraduate degree and Medical Doctor degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He completed an internship at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Ottawa Hospitals. He then completed a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. McNamara was a physician for Mid-Atlantic Retina Association. He was certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and was a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He was an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Retina Society, the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, the New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Greater Philadelphia Ophthalmologic Society (serving as President from 1996 to 1997).

Dr. McNamara received the Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 1993 and the Senior Achievement Award of the AAO in 2006. He had been a board examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology. He had served as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and had been a scientific reviewer for various ophthalmologic publications. He had conducted clinical investigations and contributed to numerous publications on vitreoretinal diseases. He had been involved in collaborative clinical trials on diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and retinopathy of prematurity. Dr. McNamara had been a visiting professor/lecturer for several universities in the United States, Canada and abroad, as well as a guest speaker for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Wills Eye Institute. Dr. McNamara was a past chairman of the Ethics Committee, Wills Eye Institute and served on Wills Eye Institute’s Credentials Committee. Arch loved scuba diving, underwater photography, theatre, music, and spending time with his family. Several of his underwater photographs were contest prizewinners. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by five adoring sisters: CeAnn McNamara, Eleanor McCarthy (Dominic), Mary Parsons (Charles), Frances Cook (Jonathan), Kelly McNamara, as well as many cherished relatives, dear friends, and patients.

Anne Chan M.D.

Dr. Anne Chan was long-standing member of the Wills Eye Glaucoma Service. Dr. Chan began seeing glaucoma patients at Wills Eye in 1963 with the famed glaucoma specialist, Dr. Irving Leopold. Dr. Chan had a distinguished career as a member of the Wills Eye medical staff. We were all truly inspired by her dedication and pioneering spirit.

Dr. George Spaeth, who became Director of the newly established Glaucoma Service in 1968, has praised Dr. Chan’s years of dedicated service to the Glaucoma Service and Wills Eye: “Dr. Chan’s long record of meticulously teaching residents and providing her patients the highest standard of care has been and continues to be an inspiration to us all.” In 1965, she was the first woman staff member to speak at the Wills Eye Alumni Conference, where she presented a paper on the “”New Miotic-Mydriatic Combination Therapy of Open Angle Glaucoma.

William Richard Green M.D. DOD: 07.05.2010

World-renowned pathologist-ophthalmologist at Wilmer Eye Institute was also an influential teacher
July 18, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun
Dr. William Richard Green, the former head of the eye pathology laboratory of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital who was also a world-renowned pathologist-ophthalmologist, died July 5 from complications of heart disease and diabetes at his Ruxton home.

He was 76.

Dr. Green, the son of an Illinois Central Railroad inspector and a seamstress, was born and raised in Paducah, Ky. After graduating from Tilghman High School in 1952, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Centre College in Danville, Ky., in 1955. He was a 1959 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed an internship in internal medicine in 1960 at Tufts-New England Medical Center.

While working at the Howe Laboratory at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, he took postgraduate ophthalmology courses at Harvard Medical School, and he was a research fellow at the Retina Foundation in Boston.

After leaving Boston and completing a residency in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia in 1963, he entered the U.S. Public Health Service.

From 1963 to 1965, he was assigned to a research program in the division of ophthalmology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.

Also interested in pathology, Dr. Green was given a research fellowship to study ophthalmic pathology for four years at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

During this time, he also taught eye pathology to residents at Wills Eye Hospital while completing an anatomical pathology residency at Temple University.

Dr. Green was recruited in 1968 to come to Wilmer to take charge of the pathology laboratory by Dr. Alfred Edward Maumenee Jr., who was a world-renowned ophthalmologist and director of the institute.

“”I first met Dick when he came here in 1968 to take over the eye pathology lab. He just loved retinal pathology,”” said Dr. Robert B. Welch, an ophthalmologist and former director of the retina clinic at Wilmer.

“”He brought not only expertise in pathology diagnosis but a strong interest in teaching and clinical ophthalmology. He also became a world authority on eye pathology,”” said Dr. Welch, who now practices ophthalmology in Annapolis.

“”He was a wonderful born teacher and teaching was another of his major thrusts at Wilmer,”” said Dr. Welch. “”He was a taskmaster, and when the residents finished, they knew pathology. He wanted the best out of them and that’s why they went on to fill positions as professors and deans in universities and medical schools all over the world.”” Dr. Welch said his friend had two passions, “”research and teaching.””

“”He was one of the greatest teachers that Wilmer has ever had,”” he said.

Dr. Welch said that Dr. Green’s research interest was the “”clinical pathological correlation of eye disease as well as the ocular manifestations of systemic disease. His studies clarified numerous disease entities.””

Dr. Green was the author of more than 700 medical papers and received more than 25 national awards, some of which included the Greatest Living Ophthalmologist Millennium Award, Arnall Patz Medal and the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Life Achievement Award.

In 1997, the eye pathology laboratory at Wilmer was dedicated as the W. Richard Green Eye Laboratory, and in recognition of his lifetime work, the W. Richard Green M.D. Professorship was inaugurated in 2007 at Wilmer.

“”Dick Green always displayed integrity and fairness in all his relationships with residents, colleagues and friends. With all of his workload, he was never too busy to help out by furnishing a slide or other important piece of information to his colleagues,”” Dr. Welch said.

Dr. Green was an accomplished trombonist and pianist and was a member with other medical colleagues of Oriole Ophthalmic Associates, whose members attended Orioles games with their wives.

“”They had seats on the third base side during the Brooks Robinson era,”” said Dr. Welch.

“”In his retirement, he liked smoking his pipe and watching TV. That was his relaxation in retirement,”” said his college sweetheart and wife of 54 years, the former Janet Jones.

Dr. Green was a longtime member of University Baptist Church, where funeral services were held July 13.

Also surviving are two sons, Parke T. Green of Greensboro, N.C., and Gordon N. Green of Copley, Ohio; a sister, Betty Green Finlayson of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; and three granddaughters.

Charles Rife M.D. DOD: 09.05.2010

Dr. Charles J. Rife, 96, formerly of Lemoyne, PA, was born March 14, 1914 and passed away on September 25, 2010 peacefully at his family’s home in Mechanicsburg, PA.

Dr. Rife graduated from Lemoyne High School. He continued on to further his collegiate studies and graduated from Lehigh Valley University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Harvard University.

Dr. Rife attended the Reformed Mennonite Church in Middlesex, PA. He served in the military, was formerly employed by General Electric (GE), and subsequently practiced ophthalmology in Camp Hill, PA for 33 years. He was a member of the medical staff of Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, and Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, PA. Dr. Rife was also a co-author to Electric Motors in Industry.

Dr. Rife is survived by four great nephews, a great niece, and several cousins.

Robert E. DuPrey M.D. DOD: 09.03.2006

Robert Edward duPrey, M.D., 85, of Irvington a retired eye surgeon died Sunday, September 3, 2006. He was born and spent his early years in Hartford, Conn. Dr. duPrey received his B. S. degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and his ophthalmological training at Will Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.

In 1948, Dr. duPrey opened his practice in Washington, D.C. During his career in Washington, D.C., he served as a consultant at the National Institutes of Health, held an academic appointment at Georgetown University Medical School in the neurology department, vice-chairman of the ophthalmology staff of Episcopal Eye Hospital, Washington Hospital Center and on the staff at Childrens’ Hospital. He held a clinical professorship at George Washington Medical School and the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. duPrey was elected president of the ophthalmology section of the medical Society of the District of Columbia. In 1969, he moved his office to Virginia and joined the staff at Fairfax Hospital. Lured by the serenity and beauty of the Northern Neck, he moved here in 1975 and continued to practice for another 10 years. Dr. duPrey was a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and was a member of many national and local medical societies. He was a charter member of Rappahannock General Hospital and a volunteer docent at Historic Christ Church, Irvington.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Anne-Marie duPrey of Irvington; a son, Robert E. duPrey, Jr. of Baltimore, Md.; a granddaughter, Fiona duPrey of New York, N.Y.

Guy Chan, M.D. DOD: 06.11.2009

Wills Eye Hospital lost a good friend recently with the passing of Guy Chan, M.D., a former Director of Resident Education at the Hospital. He had battled multiple myeloma for over 10 years, and passed away on April 23. We are saddened by this loss.

Dr. Chan had visited Philadelphia in early April, but his health deteriorated after his return home to Hong Kong. Dr. Chan was always close to Wills even after he left to become Chairman of Temple University’s Department of Ophthalmology. After retiring from Temple, Dr. Chan continued to stay in touch with Wills as he developed a huge keratorefractive practice in Hong Kong. He will be greatly missed by everyone.