Holden legacy will live on

The Ohio State Optometry family mourns the loss of Professor Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, FAAO, who passed away on July 27 in Sydney, Australia at the age of 73.

The American Academy of Optometry refers to Dr. Holden as “the most influential optometrist of our generation,” and we could not agree more. We are proud to call Professor Holden one of our own, as The Ohio State University awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Science degree in 2008. On that occasion, Brien wowed the audience at the pre-commencement dinner with his summary of the unmet global need in mitigating visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive error, especially in children.

Professor Holden’s extraordinary contributions as a scientist, researcher, and humanitarian will continue to live on through our work, and we are tremendously grateful to have benefited directly from his dedication to optometric education.

Dr. Richard M. Hill, dean emeritus of The Ohio State University College of Optometry, said, “With the passing of Professor Brien Holden, the ophthalmic community has lost an extraordinary scientist, entrepreneur, and international diplomat for vision science.

We were fortunate to have him with us at The Ohio State College of Optometry for most of his Fulbright year (1978-79). He engendered in all an enthusiasm for what could be done for the visually impaired.

He later went on to assemble an internationally recognized cornea and contact lens institute at the University of New South Wales, leaving a remarkable legacy of PhD scientists and landmark studies. He will be remembered as well as the inspiring spirit behind the International Society for Contact Lens Research (ISCLR), a unique forum for open discussion and debate among the ophthalmic sciences.”