Dr. Charles Comer, one of five children, was raised in East Chicago, Indiana. In 1960, he and his classmate, Dr. Clarence Curry of Gary, Indiana, became the first African American graduates of the IU School of Optometry. After graduation, Dr. Comer pursued a career in the United States Air Force and later he became the first African American optometrist in East Chicago and practiced there for over 44 years.
He dedicated much of his time to the advancement of African Americans. Among many others, he was a member of the NAACP, Indiana Black Expo State Board, State Board of Health Black and Minority Health Advisory Committee, Lake County Minority Health Coalition. For his dedication to NOA, he was awarded the NOA Optometrist of the Year Award in 1996. Additional biographical information is enclosed.
About Hoya Corporation
Hoya Corporation is a global technology company traded on the Japanese stock exchange based in Tokyo, Japan, and the leading supplier of innovative and indispensable high‐tech and healthcare products based upon its advanced optics technologies. Hoya is active in four fields of business: The Healthcare provides eyeglasses and contact lenses for retail sales. The Medical provides
LEWISVILLE, TEXAS, (August 6, 2013) HOYA Vision Care is proud to announce Adam Young of Southern College of Optometry Class of 2014 the inaugural “Dr. Charles Comer Community Service Award.” “We are committed to supporting the best of the best in the field of optometry,” stated Barney Dougher, President of HOYA Vision Care, NA, he continued, “We have worked with some amazing people over the years to establish sustainable programs that can continue to help those who have made a commitment to the profession.”
The Dr. Charles Comer Community Service Award joins The Hoya Vision Care Wilma Mankiller scholarship created at Northeastern State University School of Optometry for American Indians,
The Hoya Vision Care Opportunity Fund established at Western University of Health Sciences for Hispanic Americans, and the HOYA Grant and Scholarship program.
Presenting the award were Dr. Vicki Hughes NOA President, Rosalyn Comer and Mike Elton, HOYA’s Director of Professional Services.endoscopic system and intraocular lenses for cataract surgery. The Electronics makes mask blanks and photo masks for the semiconductor devices and LCD panels as well as glass memory disks for HDDs. The Imaging produces optical lenses, SLR/compact digital cameras, lens modules and micro lenses. Hoya now has over 100 subsidiaries and affiliates, and employs over 36,500 people worldwide.