The Jim Mayer Memorial Fund

James B. Mayer, O.D., FCOVD, was a very special husband, father, and optometrist. I first got to know Jim when we served together many year ago on the International Examination and Certification Board (IECB) of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). He was a man of principle who held firm in his beliefs, yet exhibited an extraordinary sensitivity toward circumstances on multiple levels. He established the Agape Learning & Optometry Center in Thousand Oaks, California, and you can gain more insight into his professional dedication through his website.

Jim became known to a wider circle of people in sharing his love and dedication to his wife, Carol, after she suffered a stroke seven years ago that incapacitated her. On his Facebook page, Jim kept his community of friends and colleagues updated about Carol, up until and including her death two years ago. It was incredibly inspiring to anyone who was privileged to know him, in the “real world” or through Facebook. But Jim never divulged the extent of his own illness, as he progressively cut back his office hours which had already been curtailed to take care of Carol and be a support for his children JJ and Jalyn.

Now, sadly, Jim has passed as well, and one can only imagine the challenges that his children face after the family has been devastated by medical expenses and lack of income. I hope that you will join me in donating via a GoFundMe page that a family friend has established. May Jim rest in peace with Carol, and may their memory continue to serve as an inspiration to the optometric community worldwide.

4 thoughts on “The Jim Mayer Memorial Fund

  1. Donated. Thanks so much for posting this information. I spent time with him in his office years ago and really liked and was impressed with him. His taking care of his wife and family set an example of what it means to be a good man. So sorry he is gone. I hope his practice continues in some form, California allows a spouse some time to keep the practice open when a doctor passes, but don’t know if that applies to his children. Thousand Oaks is a lovely area in which to practice.

  2. In the 70s and 80s I was a Vision Therapist and Educational Vision Consultant in the SF Bay area. I came to know Jim on his Facebook page as he and his children tended to Carol after her stroke. They showed such grace and kindness – an inspiration for me and all who knew them. May their children find peace.

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