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Raymond C. Jahrling, B.C.O., F.A.S.O.
1926-2017

Raymond C. Jahrling was a graduate of Lane Technical High School and Wright City Junior College in Chicago, Illinois. Ray attended the University of Miami enrolling in industrial engineering and design courses. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1944-48, and the Marine Reserves 1951-54.

Raymond began his 'hands-on' plastic artificial eye making apprenticeship (1949) with Mager & Gougelman, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois. This was followed by a 10 year ophthalmic plastic research project with Dr. Wm. Stone, Jr. at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary in 1953. In 1962, he established his own laboratory and became involved in the American Society of Ocularists (ASO), and by 1973 received a Master in Ophthalmic Prosthetics from the ASO (when they were the certifying body). He had also served on the ASO Board of Directors and was a lecturer for the ASO Education program. Raymond was an integral role in the formation of the National Examining Board of Ocularists (NEBO).

Raymond officially retired in 2013 at age 87.

His long career in ocularistry helped thousands of people in need of eye prosthetics with his exacting artistry, care and mentoring.

A memorial service was held on May 26, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Waltham, Massachusetts. Remembrances and donations may be made to the First Lutheran Church, Capital Fund, 6 Eddy St., Waltham, MA 02453 or Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 777 Mooring Lane Dr. Naples, FL 34102 or Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105. He is interned at the Chapel Columbarium at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA.

Notable Achievements

1978

Recognized as an ASO Fellow
 

1980 - 1992

As a board member, helped to establish the National Examining Board of Ocularists.  Co-chaired the Committees for the preparation of the Written and Hands-on Four-part Certification Examination.
 

1981

Gave the Ruedemann Lecture at the Joint Meeting of the ASO and AAO.
 

1986

Recipient of Honorary Status in ASO
 

1990

Received the Lee Allen Award for Excellence in Ocularistry.
 

1992

Recipient of Honorary Status in NEBO
 

1998

Wrote the Issue Highlight article for the Journal of the American Optometric Association for June 1998, and
 

1999

Wrote the Chapter entitled The Role of the Ocularist in Dr. Michael Migliori's book Enucleation, Evisceration and Evisceration.
 

2006

Presented at Las Vegas AAO Joint Session: "A Brief History of Ocularists in North America".
 

2007

Last lecture at ASO 50 th Anniversary Meeting: "The Maturing of the ASO"
 

 


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