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Past COVD president Getz remembered fondly

November 30, 2012

Dr. Getz, at right, was once a guest on Dinah Shore’s show.

Donald J. Getz, O.D., a world-renowned behavioral optometrist, international lecturer, and author of five textbooks and countless journal articles on the subject of vision therapy for strabismus, learning disabilities, and sports vision, passed away Sept. 2.

Dr. Getz had appeared on national television and radio programs and was a consultant to numerous school districts and professional athletes. Dr. Getz was an associate professor at the Southern California School of Optometry, chief consultant on strabismus and amblyopia at the California Optometric Association, and served as visual consultant to the U.S. Olympic Team. He maintained a private practice with Gary Etting, O.D., in Van Nuys, Calif.

Dr. Getz attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and graduated magna cum laude from Los Angeles College of Optometry. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the International College of Applied Nutrition, and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) where he served as president and chair of the Board of Directors. He was recipient in 1988 of COVD’s Skeffington Award for excellence in optometric writing and in 1986 of the President’s Award for dedicated service and professional excellence.

Dr. Getz was a great comedian who loved making jokes for his family and optometric audiences. He enjoyed nothing more than being the emcee at the annual COVD convention. He was an avid sports fan who valued his season tickets to the LA Dodgers, LA Lakers, LA Kings, LA Rams, and UCLA basketball. He was an enthusiastic tennis player who belonged to the Mulholland Tennis Club, where he had many friends who would sometimes question his line calls on the court. Ironically, he was also the optometric consultation to the ATP line judges for the U.S. Open.

Dr. Getz enjoyed traveling internationally to optometric conferences and scuba diving.

He is survived by his second wife, Lynne Getz, his brother and sister-in-law Clifford and Regina Getz, his daughters, Dana and Nina Getz, who are both ODs, and his beloved grandchildren, Daniel and Maxwell Grant, Donia and Charles Merkel.

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