Floyd Mizener Death | Floyd Mizener Obituary – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Floyd Mizener, OD ’48 (MCO), PhD, DOS. Dr. Mizener served as a Marine in WWII before earning his optometric degree from Monroe College of Optometry, now Illinois College of Optometry.
Known for wearing his colorful, hand-painted suit jackets, Dr. Mizener always made it a priority to attend annual optometric conferences and ICO events, happily sharing his practice expertise with students and recent graduates.
ICO President, Mark Colip, OD ’92, remembers him fondly. “Dr. Mizener was a mentor, friend, and neighbor, and he will be missed. Over the years, he told me countless stories of optometry’s evolution and the many proud impacts that he made to move the profession forward.
He loved his profession, his country, his community, his family, and he loved his wife, Shirley. He was one of the toughest guys I knew. Rest in peace Dr. Mizener, you have earned it!”
Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in supporting causes that helped the seeing and hearing impaired. Most notably, he was appointed by Governor Edgar to the Professional Advisory Committee of the Illinois Motor Vehicle Division, establishing changes in the methods of vision screenings.
As a result, Illinois became the first state to include peripheral vision in its testing. He was instrumental in passing the DPA and TPA legislation and the Kindergarten Eye Exam bill in Illinois.
He has received numerous accolades for his service to the profession, including ICO’s Lifetime Service Award in 2005. In 2018, the Illinois Optometric Association renamed an award in his honor, recognizing him as the first recipient of the Floyd Mizener Friend of Optometry Award.
He will be missed by all who knew him. We extend our deepest sympathies to all of his family and friends.
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