The Alfred A. Rosenbloom Jr. Fund

The Alfred A. Rosenbloom Fund honors one of the Foundation’s first Ezell Fellows, Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr., OD, DOS, FAAO Dr. Rosenbloom’s career is marked by stellar accomplishments as a teacher, writer, lecturer and administrator and he is the recipient of numerous awards. The Alfred A. Rosenbloom Fund will provide Fellowships in the area of low vision.

In 1981 he was appointed as Illinois College of Optometry’s first Distinguished Professor. Previously he served as Dean and the President. He Dr. Rosenbloom has published more than 75 professional journal articles on topics of low vision rehabilitation, optometric gerontology, optometric education and public health, has co-authored three major textbooks including Vision and Aging and was a contributing author to nine textbooks.

He served as the optometric representative to the White House Conference on Aging in 1982 where he served as Conference Chair in establishing Research Need in Vision and Aging. He again served as a Conference Delegate in 1995. His government service continued when he served as a member of the Grants review Panel, Optometry Review Committee, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Dr. Rosenbloom is the founding Director of the Low Vision Service of the Chicago Lighthouse. He has established low vision clinics in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. In his role as Past President of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, he completed over 25 eye missions to foreign countries to provide free eye examinations and eyeglasses to individuals in need and was recognized for his contributions as VOSH International’s 2007 Humanitarian of the Year.

Dr. Rosenbloom is a Diplomate of the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry and and has received the Academy’s William Feinbloom Award and Life Fellowship.For 10 years he chaired the Advisory Research Council for the American Optometric Foundation and also from 1987 to 1999 acted as a member of the Board of Directors, American Foundation for the Blind where he was Chair of its National Advisory Committee on Later Years.

He has received numerous awards including Lifetime achievement awards from The Chicago Lighthouse and Prevent Blindness America, as well as the Distinguished Service Award from the American Optometric Association and the Migel Medal from the American Foundation for the Blind.

Dr. Rosenbloom is a recipient of the Carel C. Koch Interprofessional Memorial Award; was inducted by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley into Chicago’s Senior Citizen Hall of Fame and in 1988 he was awarded the Ambrose Shotwell Memorial Award from the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Please use the pledge form to make a contribution to the Alfred A. Rosenbloom Fund.