Pat Cummings, OD, dies in plane crash

September 1, 2009

J. Patrick "Pat" Cummings, OD, FAAO, Vistakon America's Region vice president, Professional Development Group, was killed in a plane crash July 11 in St. Johns County, FL.

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Jacksonville, FL-J. Patrick "Pat" Cummings, OD, FAAO, Vistakon America's Region vice president, Professional Development Group, was killed in a plane crash July 11 in St. Johns County, FL.

Randy Brooks, OD, president of the American Optometric Association (AOA), recalled Dr. Cummings as a "powerful voice for the profession in his work at Vistakon, and a tireless champion for public health." Dr. Brooks noted two contributions in particular-AOA's Healthy Eyes Healthy People program and the InfantSEE program.

Before joining Vistakon in 2003, Dr. Cummings was a member of a private group practice in Sheridan, WY. He served as a consulting optometrist at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Sheridan for more than 20 years and was on staff at the Sheridan County Memorial Hospital.

In tribute to father and son, the Cummings family has established the Dr. Pat and Patrick Cummings Memorial Fund through Optometry's Charity-The AOA Foundation. Donations may be sent to:

Dr. Pat and Patrick Cummings Memorial Fund
Optometry's Charity
AOA National Office
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141