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Friends, colleagues remember Dr. Jerry Davidoff

January 26, 2012

Dr. Davidoff

The Pennsylvania Optometric Association (POA) sadly announced the passing of Jerry Davidoff, O.D., on Nov. 29, 2011. He was the immediate past chair of the AOA Vision Rehabilitation Section (VRS).

“Jerry fought a valiant fight against lung cancer and did so with his trademark humor, patience and optimism,” said Ilene Sauertieg, director of education for the POA.

“Jerry was a profoundly dedicated husband, father, clinician and friend,” said Dawn DeCarlo, O.D., VRS chair. “I encourage those who knew Jerry to contribute to Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation in his name. Once we are able to raise at least $5,000, a memorial fund will be established in his name. Jerry’s favorite VRS program was our Student Education and Awareness program, where council members spoke to each school of optometry to encourage provision of vision rehabilitation services upon graduation. I believe Jerry would be very honored to have a fund established that could be used to support student education. We have lost a great servant in our field. Jerry will be greatly missed.” 

“Jerry exemplifies the meaning of the word ‘volunteer,’” Paul Freeman, O.D., and Kathy Freeman, O.D., said in a joint statement. “He worked tirelessly on the local, state, and national levels for both the profession and for his patients. He was always accessible to his colleagues, patients, and friends for counsel and kind words. Above all, he valued his family. We will miss his friendship.”  

“Jerry was passionate about his profession, his practice and most importantly, his family,” said Mark Wilkinson, O.D. “Professionally, we will all miss Jerry’s knowledge, humor and advocacy efforts. I know his patients will miss his thoughtful care. My hope is that the memories of the wonderful times Jerry had with his wife and daughters will provide solace at this time of great personal loss.”

Memorial contributions can be made to Optometry Cares®—the AOA Foundation in memory of Dr. Davidoff.

To contribute, visit www.aoafoundation.org and click on “donate now” or mail contributions to:
Dr. Jerry Davidoff Memorial Fund
Dennis Holter, Chief Advancement Officer
Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation –
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO  63141

An acknowledgement will be sent to Dr. Davidoff’s family. You will receive a gift receipt in the amount of your contribution. Please note on your check “In Memory of Dr. Jerry Davidoff” in the memo line. If you have any questions, contact the foundation at 314-983-4138.

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