Notable Alumnus

Robert Newcomb, OD MPH FAAO
Class of 1971

The decision to become an optometrist was confirmed in Dr. Newcomb's mind when all the cute girls in his high school began to get contact lenses in the 1960s. He received his OD degree in 1971 and then served in the US Navy for three years. During these three years, his early interest in contact lens patients changed to patients with ocular disease. In 1974, while pursuing a Master's degree in Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he began a 23-year career with the Department of Veterans Affairs where he was given the opportunity to teach optometry students and residents. He retired from federal service in 1997 and accepted a faculty position at the college where he could continue to see ocular disease patients and teach students and residents in the clinic as well as in the classroom. He first served as the Director of Clinics and then later as the Residency Director. He was also the college's inaugural Vision Service Plan (VSP) Chair for the Advancement of Professional Practice from 1997 until his retirement in 2012.

He maintains his ties with the college by serving on the BuckEYE Optometry Alumni Magazine staff, as a board member of Optometry Alumni and Friends, and as a member of the Centennial Events Planning Committee.

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