|SCCO's foursome included (l-r): VP of Interprofessional Affairs John H. Nishimoto, O.D., M.B.A., '87; Chief, Mary Ann Keverline Walls Low Vision Rehabilitation Center, Rebecca L. Kammer, O.D., '99; VP of Advancement and Marketing Paul A. Stover, M.Ed.; and President Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D.|
Support for an Army optometrist, who was killed in the line of duty, brought together, friends, family and colleagues for the Rob Soltes Memorial Golf Tournament. Major Charles Robert Soltes, Jr., O.D., was the first-ever Army optometry officer killed in action.
The Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO), was the flag sponsor for the tournament and NVision Laser Eye Centers was the presenting sponsor and organizer of the fundraising event that was held October 13 in Yorba Linda, CA.
Major Soltes, whose wife, Sally H. Dang, O.D., is an SCCO Assistant Professor, served as a public health officer with the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Army Reserves, in Mosul, Iraq. In 2004, Major Soltes was deployed to command a public health team charged with setting up seven hospitals to help provide the Iraqi people with access to a range of health care services. Maj. Soltes, 36, had only been in Mosul a few weeks when he was killed in the line of duty on October 14, 2004.
Overall, $2,500 from the tournament was donated to For Families of Active Military and a like amount was divided between several scholarships established in honor of Major Soltes.