In honor of the history and legacy of the Mississippi Optometric Association and its members.
John E. Hanson, O.D. (b. 06.25.1957 d. 08.28.1990) of Bay St. Louis, MS.
Charles F. Mitchim, O.D. (b. 07.29.1911 d. 08.03.1990) of Winona, MS. Charles Francis Mitchim was a son of Charles Cloud Mitchim and his second wife, Letha Lillian Word Mitchim of Aberdeen, MS. He was married to Lucyle Outlaw. They were the parents of one son, Charles Amos Mitchim. (He married Barbara Broom and their children are Alice Michele Mitchim and Jonathan Mitchim.) Charles graduated in the top 10% of his large class at the Military Academy at West Point. He also held degrees from the University of California and the Southern California College of Optometry. He served 28 years with the U.S. Army and his service included WW II and the Korean War. He earned the Legion of Merit badge, three Army Commendaton Medals, and six campaign medals. He served on Eisenhower’s staff at Supreme Allied Headquarters in Parish, France. He retired as a Colonel in 1961, after which time he began his practice of optometry in Winona, MS. He was a Life member of the American Optometric Association and the Mississippi Optometric Association. Charles was well loved by all who knew him. He was a gentle and kind person.
Willard M. Commander, O.D. (b. 09.03.1913 d. 03.16.1989) of Brookhaven, MS. President of the Mississippi Optometric Association from 1953 – 1954.
William J. Goyer, O.D. (b. 08.23.1908 d. 11.25.1988) of Hattiesburg, MS. Life member since November 1986. First President of the Mississippi Optometric Association, from 1948 – 1950. Dr. Goyer was a native of Lux and was a long-time resident of Hattiesburg. He was a retired optometrist, a veteran of World War II and member of Temple Baptist Church. Survivors included his wife, Mildred Goyer of Hattiesburg; one daughter, Laura Rogers of Jackson; and one grandson, Stephen Rogers of Jackson.
Roland H. Stevens, O.D. (b. 08.14.1922 d. 10.31.1988) of Yazoo City, MS. President of the Mississippi Optometric Association from 1972 – 1973.
James E. Gooch, O.D. (b. 12.02.1915 d. 06.20.1988) of Columbus, MS. Life member since November 1986.
George E. Seal, O.D. (b. 04.07.1922 d. 04.05.1988) of Pascagoula, MS.
Gibbs D. Mitchell, O.D. (b. 07.25.1912 d. 02.24.1988) of Picayune, MS.
Marion W. Fraysur, O.D. (b. 08.10.1930 d. 03.17.1987) of Columbus, MS.
Angelo R. Cortese, O.D. (b. 07.11.1916 d. 01.17.1985) of Crystal Springs, MS.
Robert J. Mitchell, O.D. (b. 1924 d. 1984) of Picayune, MS.
Andy Reese, O.D. (b. 11.03.1920 d. 10.14.1980) of MS. President of the Mississippi Optometric Association from 1950 – 1952.
W. H. Starr, O.D. (b. 12.13.1918 d. 05.1980) of MS. President of the Mississippi Optometric Association from 1965 – 1966.
Frank B. Maier, Jr., O.D. (b. 09.03.1893 d. 03.03.1978) of Aberdeen, MS. President of the Mississippi Optometric Association from 1960 – 1961.
R. B. Griffin, O.D. (b. 02.20.1915 d. 09.30.1968) of Indianola, MS. President of the Mississippi Optometric Association from 1957 – 1958. “My father was born in the Mississippi hills and grew up in the delta in Cleveland, MS, where he graduated from Delta State University (then Delta State Teacher’s College). After joining the US Navy just before WWII, he was stationed in Australia where he met and married my mother, Mavis Bentley. In 1944, he returned to the US with my mother, and after his Naval service, attended the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. They started an Optometry practice in Indianola in the late 40s, and remained their until his death in 1968.”
John E. Price, O.D. (b. 1889 d. 04.13.1955) of MS. President of the Mississippi Optometric Association from 1952 – 1953.