Foster Namias Legacy Society Member
"We chose to become a member of The Foster Namias Society because I appreciated and enjoyed my time at the College as a student and a faculty member. This allows us to give back and sustain and improve the College."
Arnold Katz, O.D., Class of 1950, "enjoyed the challenge of passing along practical knowledge to students" when he came to NECO as a faculty member following a long distinguished career in private practice.
Originally from New York, Dr. Katz attended NECO after studying pre-med at the City University of New York and spending 2 ½ years in the Army-Air Force. While working in the flight surgeon's office, he performed physical exams including checking vision. This peaked his interest in optometry.
After graduation, Dr. Katz went back to New York briefly and worked in a commercial optometric practice. He returned to the Boston area and married his wife Lillian. For twenty-eight years, Dr. Katz had his own practice in Belmont, Massachusetts. Two NECO graduates took over this practice when Dr. Katz moved onto new challenges at Retina Associates. Dr. Katz fondly recalls working with NECO, first as a clinical preceptor and then joining the faculty. Always up for a challenge, he taught numerous classes in Advanced Optometric Theory and Methods, Low Vision and Functional Optometry and headed the International Program, where he counseled international students in NECO's 2 year program. For several years, he was the VOSH faculty advisor and traveled to Mexico and Columbia with students. In addition, Dr. Katz presented numerous papers at symposiums throughout the world.
Considering that Dr. Katz still has his NECO parking pass, he and Lillian come and visit the College frequently to see what optometry students are being challenged by today.
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