AOA Presidents

Presidents of the American Optometric Association, 1898-2014

Since its inception in 1898 as the American Association of Opticians, the American Optometric Association has been lead by dynamic and innovative individuals.  The following is a list of past presidents.  The Archives & Museum of Optometry holdings include portraits of the past presidents which are being digitized.  The links on the right provide examples of materials from our collection.

Name Term Number State Affiliation Elected
Lembke, Charles F.* 1898-1900 1 New York, NEW YORK 1st Congress, October 10-12, 1898, Broadway Central Hotel, NY, NY; 2nd Congress, August 15-17, 1899
Cross, Andrew J.*
1900-1901 2 New York, NEW YORK 3rd Congress, August 14-16, 1900, Hotel Cadillac, Detroit, MI
Ellis, John H.* 1901-1903 3 South Bend, INDIANA 4th Congress, August 13-15, 1901, Sherman House, Chicago, IL; 5th Congress, August 19-22, 1902, American House, Boston, MA
Eberhardt, John C.* 1903-1904 4 Dayton, OHIO 6th Congress, July 7-9, 1903, Royal Palace Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ
Holmes, Harry P.* 1904-1905 5 Des Moines, IOWA 7th Congress, August 1-4, 1904, Plankinton House, Milwaukee, WI
Clark, Burt B.* 1905-1906 6 Rochester, NEW YORK 8th Congress, July 24-27, 1905, West Hotel, Minneapolis, MN
Palmer, Briggs S.* 1906-1908 7 Boston, MASSACHUSSETTS 9th Congress, July 30-August 2, 1906, Haines Hall, Rochester, NY; 10th Congress, June 24-27, 1907, Midland Hotel, Kansas City, MO
Cook, Henry J.* 1908-1910 8 Knoxville, TENNESSEE 11th Congress, August 10-13, 1908, Musical Fund Hall, Philadelphia, PA; 12th Congress, June 21-24, 1909, Atlanta Auditorium, Atlanta, GA
McDonnell, C. N.* 1910-1911 9 Columbus, OHIO 13th Congress, August 15-18, 1910, Breakers Hall, Cedar Point, OH
Schneider, George L.* 1911-1913 10 Berkeley, CALIFORNIA 14th Congress, August 7-12, 1911, Hotel Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; 15th Congress, August 19-23, 1912, LaSalle Hotel, Chicago, ILL
Myer, Albert* 1913-1915 11 Albert Lea, MINNESOTA 16th Congress, July 14-19, 1913, Hotel Seneca, Rochester, NY; 17th Congress, July 18-25, 1914, Planters Hotel, St. Louis, MO
Alexander, Frank J.* 1915-1917 12 Salt Lake City, UTAH 18th Congress, July 18-25, 1915, Memorial Auditorium Bldg., San Francisco, CA; 19th Congress, July 18-22, 1916, Infantry Hall, Providence, RI
McConnell, William T.* 1917-1918 13 Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA 20th Congress, July 9-14, 1917, Hotel Deshler, Columbus, OH
Augustine, Reginald C.* 1918-1921 14 Decatur, ILLINOIS 21st Congress, June 17-22, 1918, Masonic Temple, St. Paul, MN; 22nd Congress, July 21-25, 1919, Convention Hall, Rochester, NY; 23rd Congress, June 14-18, 1920, Planters Hotel, St. Louis, MO
Abel, Oliver* 1921-1922 15 St. Louis, MISSOURI 24th Congress, June 27-July 1, 1921, Hotel Waldorf-Astoria, New York, NY
Todd, William S.* 1922-1923 16 Hartford, CONNECTICUT 25th Congress, June 26-29, 1922, Athenaeum, Indianapolis, IN
Martin, Thomas H.* 1923-1925 17 Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA 26th Congress, June 25-30, 1923, Hotel Sherman, Chicago, IL; Congress 27th, June 9-13, 1924, Convention Hall, Kansas City, MO
Kimball, Walter F.* 1925-1927 18 St. Joseph, MISSOURI 28th Congress, June 15-20, 1925, Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY; 29th Congress, June 29-July 1, 1926, Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
Mayer, Leo M.* 1927-1928 19 New York, NEW YORK 30th Congress, June 18-24, 1927, Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Houghton, George S.* 1928-1930 20 Boston, MASSACHUSSETTS 31st Congress, July 23-27, 1928, Pantlind Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI; 32nd Congress, June 17-22, 1929, Hotel Bellevue-Stratford, Philadelphia, PA
Andreae, J. Fred* 1930-1932 21 Baltimore, MARYLAND 33rd Congress, June 17-22, 1930, Hotel Statler, Boston, MA; 34th Congress, June 21-23, 1931, Gunter Hotel, San Antonio, TX
McBurnie, Thomas* 1932-1934 22 Brooklyn, NEW YORK 35th Congress, June 26-29, 1932, Hotel Statler, Cleveland, OH; 36th Congress, July 2-6, 1933, Palmer House, Chicago, IL
Brown, Walter I.* 1934-1936 23 New Bedford, MASSACHUSSETTS 37th Congress, July 2-5, 1934, Royal York Hotel, Toronto, CANADA; 38th Congress, Miami-Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, FL
Pine, Harry E.* 1936-1938 24 Chicago, ILLINOIS 39th Congress, July 5-8, 1936, Hotel Book-Cadillac, Detroit, MI; 40th Congress, June 27-30, 1937, Seneca Hotel, Rochester, NY
Burdette, Leslie R.* 1938-1940 25 Salem, OREGON 41st Congress, June 26-29, 1938, John Marshal Hotel, Richmond, VA; 42nd Congress, June 25-29, 1939, Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Corbett, John E.* 1940-1942 26 Boston, MASSACHUSSETTS 43rd Congress, June 23-26, 1940, Gibson Hotel, Cincinnati, OH; 44th Congress, June 29-July 2, 1941, Ambassador Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ
Adams, Ewing* 1942-1944 27 Detroit, MICHIGAN 45th Congress, June 21-24, 1942, Adolphus Hotel, Dallas, TX; 46th Congress, July 11-14, 1943, Hotel Morrison, Chicago, IL
Ezell, William C.* 1944-1946 28 Spartanburg, SOUTH CAROLINA 47th Congress, June 25-28, 1944, Book-Cadillac Hotel, Detroit, MI; 48th Congress, June 24-26, 1945, Gibson Hotel, Cincinnati, OH
Richardson, Edmund F.* 1946-1948 29 Hollywood, CALIFORNIA 49th Congress, July 7-10, 1946, William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA; 50th Congress, June 21-25, 1947, Hotel Chelsea, Atlantic City, NJ
O'Shea, John B.* 1948-1950 30 Northampton, VIRGINIA 51st Congress, June 20-23, 1948, Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA; 52nd Congress, June 26-29, 1949, Hotel Statler, Boston, MA
White, J. Ottis* 1950-1952 31 Baton Rouge, LOUISIANA 53rd Congress, June 26-28, 1950, Hotel Radisson, Minneapolis, MN; 54th Congress, June 25-27, 1951, Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans, LA
Wahl, James F.* 1952-1954 32 Anna, ILLINOIS 55th Congress, June 9-11, 1952, Nautilus Hotel, Miami Beach, FL; 56th Congress, June 22-24, 1953, Seneca Hotel, Rochester, NY
Brown, Samuel L.* 1954-1955 33 Fosteria, OHIO 57th Congress, June 20-23, 1954, Olympic Hotel, Seattle, WA
Hays, Norman B.* 1955-1956 34 Niagara Falls, NEW YORK 58th Congress, July 6-9, 1955, Schroeder Hotel, Milwaukee, WI
Flower, Rupert E.* 1956-1957 35 Visalia, CALIFORNIA 59th Congress, June 13-16, 1956, Seville Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
Sugarman, Lester H.* 1957-1958 36 Meriden, CONNECTICUT 60th Congress, June 23-26, 1957, Statler Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Purvis, Hoyt S.* 1958-1959 37 Jonesboro, ARKANSAS 61st Congress, June 25-28, 1958, Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
DeVere, P. N.* 1959-1960 38 Morgantown, NORTH CAROLINA 62nd Congress, June 28-July 1, 1959, Statler Hilton Hotel, Dallas, TX
Schiller, Richard C.* 1960-1961 39 Marshalltown, IOWA 63rd Congress, June 26-29, 1960, Biltmore Hotel, Atlanta, GA
Frantz, Don A.* 1961-1962 40 DeKalb, ILLINOIS 64th Congress, June 17-20, 1961, Denver Hilton Hotel, Denver, CO
Ewalt, H. Ward, Jr.* 1962-1963 41 Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA 65th Congress, July 18-21, 1962, Sheraton-Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL
Chapman, W. Judd* 1963-1964 42 Talahassee, FLORIDA 66th Congress, July 17-20, 1963, Leamington Hotel, Minneapolis, MN
Seger, Charles E.* 1964-1965 43 San Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA 67th Congress, June 28-July 2, 1964, New York Hilton, New York, NY
McCrary, V. Eugene* 1965-1966 44 College Park, MARYLAND 68th Congress, June 27-30, 1965, Jung Hotel, New Orleans, LA
Dunbar, Melvin B.* 1966-1967 45 Lebanon, NEW HAMPSHIRE 69th Congress, June 22-25, 1966, Boston Sheraton, Boston, MA
Sugg, John G.* 1967-1968 46 Fayatteville, ARKANSAS 70th Congress, June 27-July 1, 1967, Portland Hilton Hotel, Portland, OR
Hofstetter, Henry W.* 1968-1969 47 Bloomington, INDIANA 71st Congress, June 25-29, 1968, Hotel Fontainbleau, Miami Beach, FL
Wolfberg, Melvin D. 1969-1970 48 Selinsgrove, PENNSYLVANIA 72nd Congress, July 9-12, 1969, Bellevue Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
Hussey, Lester R.* 1970-1971 49 Spokane, WASHINGTON 73rd Congress, June 28-July 4, 1970, Hawaiian Village Hotel, Honolulu, HI
Hopping, Richard L. 1971-1972 50 Dayton, OHIO 74th Congress, June 22-26, 1971, Shamrock Hilton Hotel, Houston, TX
Tumblin, James C. 1972-1973 51 Knoxville, TENNESSEE 75th Congress, June 17-21, 1972, Sheraton-Jefferson Hotel, St. Louis, MO
Day, Robert E. 1973-1974 52* Garland, TEXAS 76th Congress, June 25-30, 1973, San Francisco Hilton, San Francisco, CA
Shannon, Bernard J. 1974-1975 53 Mauston, WISCONSIN 77th Congress, June 18-21, 1974, Sheraton-Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Winton, Howard P. 1975-1976 54 Melbourne, FLORIDA 78th Congress, June 16-21, 1975, Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, AR
Fair, Ron G. 1976-1977 55 Brighton, COLORADO 79th Congress, June 22-26, 1976, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
McQuarrie, Charles W.* 1977-1978 56 Lancaster, CALIFORNIA 80th Congress, July 5-9, 1977, Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Holmes, G. Burtt 1978-1979 57 Worcester, MASSACHUSSETTS 81st Congress, July 4-8, 1978, Rivergate Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
Levin, Alvin 1979-1980 58 Carlisle, PENNSYLVANIA 82nd Congress, June 18-23, 1979, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
Von Bokern, Jack W. 1980-1981 59 Tracy, MINNESOTA 83rd Congress, June 27-July 1, 1980, Currigan Exhibition Hall, Denver, CO
Demmer, Harold F.* 1981-1982 60 Houma, LOUISIANA 84th Congress, June 22-27, 1981, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
Waldie, Wendell D.* 1982-1983 61 Wichita, KANSAS 85th Congress, June 20-25, 1982, John B. Hynes Veterans Auditorium, Boston, MA
Kime, Timothy Q. 1983-1984 62 Toledo, OHIO 86th Congress, June 27-30, 1983, Sheraton Washington Hotel, Washington Room, Washington D.C.
Bucar, Albert A. 1984-1985 63 Antioch, ILLINOIS 87th Congress, June 16-20, 1984, Hilton Hawaiian, Honolulu, HI
Easton, Gerald J. 1985-1986 64 Coronado, CALIFORNIA 88th Congress, June 23-28, 1985, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV
Ferris, David W. 1986-1987 65 Warwick, RHODE ISLAND 89th Congress, June 23-26, 1986, Town & Country Hotel, San Diego, CA
Tumblin, John D. 1987-1988 66 Knoxville, TENNESSEE 90th Congress, July 5-9, 1987, Orlando World Center, Orlando, FL
Scholles, James R. 1988-1989 67 Cincinnati, OHIO 91st Congress, June 25-30, 1988, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, IL
Sullins, W. David* 1989-1990 68 Athens, TENNESSEE 92nd Congress, June 24-29, 1989, New York Hilton and Towers, New York City, NY
Gazaway, John A. 1990-1991 69 Eagle Grove, IOWA 93rd Congress, June 23-28, 1990, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, HI
Elliott, L. Edward 1991-1992 70 Modesto, CALIFORNIA 94th Congress, June 21-26, 1991, Loews Anatole Hotel, Dallas, TX
Leadingham, James C. 1992-1993 71 Ashland, KENTUCKY 95th Congress, June 20-23, 1992, Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
Houghton, Daniel, Jr.* 1993-1994 72 Fort Walton Beach, FLORIDA 96th Congress, June 18-22, 1993, Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Anaheim, CA
DeCook, Larry D. 1994-1995 73 Newton, IOWA 97th Congress, June 24-28, 1994, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
Jarnagin, Donald E. 1995-1996 74 Glendale, ARIZONA 98th Congress, June 23-27, 1995, Nashville Convention Center, Nashville, TN
Byars, T. Joel 1996-1997 75 Morrow, GEORGIA 99th Congress, June 21-25, 1996, Portland Hilton, Portland, OR
Jones, Michael D. 1997-1998 76 Athens, TENNESSEE 100th Congress, June 11-15, 1997, America's Center, St. Louis, MO
McCall, John A., Jr. 1998-1999 77 Crockett, TEXAS 101st Congress, June 24-28, 1998, Walt Disney World, Dolphin Hotel, Orlando, FL
Hanlen, Harvey P. 1999-2000 78 State College, PENNSYLVANIA 102nd Congress, June 24-26, 1999, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX
Howard J. Braverman 2000-2001 79 Hollywood, FLORIDA 103rd Congress, June 22-24, 2000, Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Nelson, David W. 2001-2002 80 Madison, WISCONSIN 104th Congress, June 27-July 1, 2001, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA
Cummings, J. Pat* 2002-2003 81 Sheridan, WYOMING 105th Congress, June 26-30, 2002, Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
Connors, Victor J. 2003-2004 82 Middleton, WISCONSIN 106th Congress, June 18-22, 2003, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA
Pittman, Wesley E. 2004-2005 83 Mexia, TEXAS 107th Congress, June 23-27, 2004, Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando, FL
Wallingford, Richard L., Jr. 2005-2006 84 Rockwood, MAINE 108th Congress, June 22-26, 2005, Gaylord Texan Resort, Dallas, TX
Crooks, C. Thomas , III 2006-2007 85 Birminghan, ALABAMA 109th Congress, June 21-25, 2006, Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, NV
Alexander, Kevin L. 2007-2008 86 Big Rapids, MICHIGAN 110th Congress, June 27-July 1, 2007, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA
Kehoe, Peter H. 2008-2009 87 Galesburg, ILLINOIS 111th Congress, June 25-29, 2008, Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle, WA
Brooks, Randolph E. 2009-2010 88 NEW JERSEY 112th Congress, June 24-28, 2009, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
Ellis, Joe E. 2010-2011 89 Benton, KENTUCKY 113th Congress, June 16-20, 2010, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, FL
Carlson, Dori M. 2011-2012 90 Park River, NORTH DAKOTA 114th Congress, June 15-19, 2011, Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Hopping, Ronald L. 2012-2013 91 TEXAS 115th Congress, June 27- July 1, 2012, Hilton/Palmer House & McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, IL
Munson, Mitchell T. 2013-2014 92 COLORADO 116th Congress, June 26-30, 2013, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA
 CockrellDavid A. 2014- 93 OKLAHOMA 117th Congress, June 25-29, 2014.  Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

*Deceased