Dr. Willard B. Bleything completed his undergraduate studies (BS), graduate professional studies (OD), and two years of post-doctoral studies (MS) in children’s vision at Pacific University. Currently, he holds the rank of Distinguished University Professor of Optometry and Public Health, Emeritus-in-Residence, Pacific University. Here, he served for seventeen years as the Dean of Optometry and one year as Provost/Academic Vice-President. Other positions include past-president of the Oregon Optometric Assn., Oregon Board of Examiners in Optometry, and past Secretary-General of the Asia-Pacific Council of Optometry. He has over forty publications and has lectured extensively in Asia and Europe.
Pacific University College of Optometry
The origins of the College of Optometry at Pacific University can be traced to the DeKeyser Institute of Optometry (founded in 1910) and the Oregon College of Ocular Sciences (founded 1919), institutions that merged in 1921 to become the North Pacific College of Optometry. Located in Portland, the school …