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.