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Former dean first from UH to be inducted into Optometry Hall of Fame
Date:6/28/2011

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"Although I'd been involved in international missions and education for several years before coming to UH, it was not until Bill and I were colleagues that we shared responsibilities for establishing optometry programs in developing countries," said Jerald W. Strickland, O.D., also a former dean of the optometry college and now the assistant vice chancellor for international studies and programs at UH.

Baldwin was one of Strickland's optometry professors at Indiana University, and they joined forces at UH in 1979 as the dean and associate dean, respectively, of the College of Optometry. Additionally, Baldwin was a member of a small group of visionaries who participated in a famous, yet secretive, meeting at LaGuardia Airport in 1968, when the direction of the profession was dramatically changed. To many historians, it was the defining moment when optometry began its change from a purely vision care profession to a health care profession.

"He has a passion for the optometric profession and often went 'against the grain' to accomplish his goals, but always for the public's good," Strickland said. "Bill Baldwin was a mentor to me and, for that, his humanity and gracious understanding, I am most thankful."


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Contact: Lisa Merkl
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University of Houston
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