Every Life Has A Story

Dwight R. Norris  (Feb 24, 1945 - Jul 31, 2017)

Dwight R. Norris, 72, was a longtime resident of Iowa City, IA. Dwight was happily married to his high school sweetheart for 52 years. The couple had two children and several grandchildren. Dwight owned and operated RM Boggs Co. Mechanical Contracting for several years before retiring in 2008. In retirement, he enjoyed working in and perfecting his yard and was very talented in drawing. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and taking them on many vacations around the country. Dwight attended all of his grandchildren's activities and he was proud to be their biggest fan. He was always teaching them something and making sure they would grow up to be good, respectable citizens.

During his lifetime, organ donation was very important to Dwight--several members of his family had been positively impacted by donation. His younger brother was a cornea transplant recipient and other family members who had received organ transplants were able to live longer, healthier and happier lives as a result.  At the time of his death, Dwight gifted his corneas for transplant and two people with seriously impaired vision received the gift of restored or enhanced sight.

Dwight is pictured with his loving wife and oldest grandson.

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M3 Junior Faculty of the Year

Congratulations, Dr. Greiner, on being named M3 Junior Faculty of the Year!

UI Carver College of Medicine Resident and Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards announced! The award recipients were recognized last Saturday night, April 23, 2016 at the 114th Aesculapian Frolics. Medical students in each class of the Carver College of Medicine had the opportunity to vote for the faculty member/resident that they viewed as demonstrating the highest level of teaching excellence.

This year, thanks in part to the generosity of the Milleman family, each winner received a monetary prize in addition to a plaque. Please congratulate the individuals listed below on their outstanding achievement.

On behalf of the Carver College of Medicine Student Body, I would like to not only congratulate the winners of these awards, but I would like to thank both the winners and nominees and all faculty and residents for continuing to provide the medical students an excellent medical education.

2016 Frolics Award Recipients

  • M1 Professor of the Year: Dr. Nathan Swailes
  • M2 Professor of the Year: Dr. Manish Suneja
  • M3 Resident of the Year: Dr. James Vancura
  • M3 Resident of the Year: Dr. Robert Schneider
  • M3 Junior Faculty of the Year: Dr. Mark Greiner

The Iowa Lions

Iowa Lions Eye Bank is extremely proud of our close relationship with the Iowa Lions as we work together to restore and preserve sight. The Iowa Lions support ILEB in a variety of ways including a volunteer transport system that has become an integral part of ILEB’s laboratory operations.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs. During an address to the Lions Clubs International in 1925, Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Since that time, Lions Clubs International has worked tirelessly to aid the blind and visually impaired.

You can read more about the Iowa Lions here: Iowa Lions

Who Can Be a Donor?

Anyone can. The great thing about corneal tissue is that everyone is a universal donor. Your blood type does not have to match. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what color your eyes are or how good your eyesight is. Aside from those suffering from infections or a few highly communicable diseases such as HIV or hepatitis, most people are suitable donors.

Superheroes save man’s eyesight

Phil Hester draws superheroes for a living, but little did he know that he would one day need two superheroes to restore his sight. "Eyesight is important to everyone," says Phil. "But as an artist, it’s an integral part of my identity."

For the past 30 years, Phil Hester of North English, Iowa has worked as a professional comic book artist. He has written and drawn comics for hundreds of publications and his artwork has been featured in popular titles such as Green Arrow, Swamp Thing, Wonder Woman, Ant-Man, The Flash, Batman Beyond, and more.

In 2015, shortly after being diagnosed with a cardiac condition, Phil began having difficulty seeing his drawing board. His eyesight was foggy in the mornings and he noticed more glare coming from light fixtures. "I just figured it was one of the side effects of the new blood pressure medication I was taking," says Phil.

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