Former AOA-PAC director Brazil rememberedNovember 22, 2013
Former AOA PAC Director Noel Brazil passed away in October after a short battle with cancer.
Brazil worked for optometry and the AOA for more than 30 years. After retiring, she became a certified tour guide of Washington, D.C. She recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of living and working in New York City.
“Optometry has been blessed over the years to have long-term staff people who believed in the profession and had ‘optometry in their blood,’” said Darlene Eakin, executive director of the Kentucky Optometric Association. “Noel Brazil exemplified the dedicated professionals who devote their entire careers to optometry. She was loyal to the profession and all the friends she made throughout her time with AOA. Upon her retirement, her contributions were recognized by optometrists from all over the country. She was a positive face for optometry in D.C., known and respected by members of Congress and many others. As a person, she was a true friend that you could count on to be there. She will be missed.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with Noel’s son, James, and the members of her family and her many friends,” said Betty Valachovic, past executive director of the Arkansas Optometric Association. “During my tenure as executive director of the Arkansas Optometric Association, I was very fortunate to have many wonderful trips and visits with Noel and Kelly (Hipp). I cherish those memories and will always keep her in my heart.”
Brazil is survived by her son James; seven brothers and sisters, Sheila Bannon (John), Atty. John J. Brazil, Jr. (Leanne), Joseph Brazil (Ellen), James Brazil (Dina), Lisa Brazil (Eileen), Jackie Greening (Gary), and Jeff Brazil (Karen); many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She is also survived by her best friend Darlene Kuny and her son Devon and the Wild Women of D.C. She was preceded in death by her parents, Attorney and Mrs. John J. Brazil, and husband James Jarvis Goodwin.
Donations may be made to Caron Renaissance, 7789 NW Beacon Square Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33487, earmarked for James J. Goodwin, III.