OSA Rochester Section
 

A History and the Past Presidents of the OSA Rochester Section

Content taken from Common Origins of The Institute of Optics and the Optical Society of America by Susan Houde-Walter, A Jewel in the Crown, 2004

The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw an explosion in the Applied Optics industry. Companies such as Carl Zeiss, Bausch and Lomb and Eastman Kodak realized the great need and potential for optics as cameras, spectacles and medical instruments advanced in technology. With the start of World War I in 1914, the young optics companies in the U.S. were cut off from the German glass supply. The need for more knowledge in optical theory and more advanced instrument-making skills became imminent in the U.S.

On November 18, 1915, a few gentlemen met at the University of Rochester to form an optical society. It was named the Rochester Association for Advancement of Applied Optics. Within three weeks the society had written and adopted a constitution and by-laws and the first council was elected. The first regular meeting was held on Tuesday, January 4, 1916, and then on the first Tuesday of every month thereafter. This schedule is still followed today.


One month later, in February 1916, it was decided to plan a national optics society with the name Optical Society of America. The Journal of the Optical Society of America was the first order of business and on December 28, 1916, the first regular meeting of the OSA was held. At the same time, plans for founding an "Institute of Optics" were underway at the University of Rochester. It was suggested that the Institute of Optics should be intimately involved with the publication of the JOSA and the two have been closely linked ever since.

As the national optics society moved out of Rochester in 1916, a local chapter was created with heavy involvement from the local optics industry. It may be said that "you can take OSA out of Rochester, but you cannot take Rochester out of OSA."


OSA-RS Past Presidents

Year Name
Year Name
Year Name
Year Name
1915  Perley G. Nutting
Eastman Kodak

1941 R. Bruce Horsfall
Bausch & Lomb

1967 Robert J. Potter
Xerox Corporation

1993  Tom Bristow
Chapman Instruments
1916 Herman Kellner
Bausch & Lomb

1942 Julian H. Webb
Eastman Kodak

1968 Robert J. Meltzer
Bausch & Lomb

1994 Alan Wertheimer
Eastman Kodak
1917 Elmer J. Bissell
1943 Fred W. Paul
Univ. of Rochester

1969 George C. Higgins
Eastman Kodak

1995

Peter Emmel

Rochester Photonics Corp.

1918 Frederick E. Wright
1944 F.W. Jobe
Bausch & Lomb

1970 Brian J. Thompson
Xerox Corporation

1996

Dean Faklis

PSC, Inc.

1919 none
1945 Charles D. Reid
Eastman Kodak

1971Claude B. Smoyer
Xerox Corporation

1997 Gene Kohlenberg
Eastman Kodak
1920 Loyd A. Jones
Eastman Kodak

1946 Robert E. Hopkins
Univ. of Rochester

1972 Martin Dvorin
Monroe Comm. College

1998

Paul McLaughlin

Eastman Kodak

1921 F. Fairbanks
University of Rochester

1947 Arthur F. Turner
Bausch & Lomb

1973Robert L. Lamberts
Eastman Kodak

1999Don Golini
QED Technologies
1922 C.E.K. Mees
Eastman Kodak

1948 John H. McLeod
Eastman Kodak

1974Paul G. Roetling
Xerox Corporation

2000

Dave E. Smith

Melles Griot

1923 Henry F. Kurtz
Bausch & Lomb

1949 Ernest H. Greppin
Wilmot Castle Co

1975Douglas C. Sinclair
University of Rochester

2001Paul Dewa
Corning Tropel
1924 Rex B. Wilsey
Eastman Kodak

1950 James R. Benford
Bausch & Lomb

1976Edward M. Granger
Eastman Kodak

2002 Robert Hutchison
In T'Hutch Ltd.
1925 John W. Forrest
Bausch & Lomb

1950 Harold R. Condit
Eastman Kodak

1977Vance J. Carpenter
Xerox Corporation

2003 Bill Castle
Eastman Kodak
1926 F.M. Bishop
Eastman Kodak

1952 M. Parker Givens
Univ. of Rochester

1978

Robert J. Klimasewski

Burleigh Instruments


2004

David Berg

Melles Griot

1927 Scott Sterling
Bausch & Lomb

1953 David Richardson
Bausch & Lomb

1979

John F. Carson

Rochester Inst. of Tech.


2005

Paul Dumas

QED Technologies

1928 Fred E. Altman
Eastman Kodak

1954 Walter R.J. Brown
Eastman Kodak

1980Erwin Loewen
Bausch & Lomb

2006

Jim Zavislan

Univ. of Rochester

1929 T.R. Wilkins
Univ. of Rochester

1955 David Gilkeson
Wollensak

1981

James C. Owen

Eastman Kodak


2007Andrew Kulawiec
Semrock
1930 L.V. Foster
Bausch & Lomb

1956 Oran Miller
Eastman Kodak

1982

Keith T. Knox

Xerox Corporation


2008Thomas G. Brown
Univ. of Rochester
1931 E.L. Schoen
Eastman Kodak

1957 David L. Fridge
Bausch & Lomb

1983 Jay Eastman
Optel Systems

2009 Jennifer Kruschwitz
JK Consulting
1932 Rudolph Kingslake
Univ. of Rochester

1958 David Harper
Xerox

1984 David MacAdam
Univ. of Rochester

2010 Rick Plympton
Optimax Systems, Inc.
1933 Carl E. Bahn
Bausch & Lomb

1959 Robert M. Boynton
University of Rochester

1985 Dan Haas
Eastman Kodak

2011

Julie Bentley

Univ. of Rochester

1934 Cyril J. Staud
Eastman Kodak

1960Hilda G. Kingslake
1986

William Gornall

Burleigh Instruments


2012 Chris Palmer
Richardson Gratings 
1935 C.C. Nitchie
Bausch & Lomb

1961 Donald P. Feder
Eastman Kodak

1987 M. John Buzawa
Optics Technology, Inc.

2013

Damon Diehl

Monroe Comm. College

1936 L.A. DuBridge
Univ. of Rochester

1962 John L. Tupper
Eastman Kodak

1988Medhi N. Araghi
Holotek Ltd.

2014

Wade Cook

ASE Optics

1937 B. Noyes
Taylor Instrument Co

1963 Joseph L. Rood
Bausch & Lomb

1989 David B. Kay
Eastman Kodak

2015 Jessica Nelson
Optimax, Inc.
1938 A.A. Cook
Bausch & Lomb

1964 Robert M. Blakney
Univ. of Rochester

1990 G. Michael Morris
Univ. of Rochester

2016 Jason E. Rama
Richardson Gratings
1939 R.E. Burroughs
Eastman Kodak

1965 John D. Hayes
Xerox Corporation

1991 John Bruning
GCA/Tropel Division


2017
19401940 Brian O'Brien
Univ. of Rochester
1966Joseph H. Altman
Eastman Kodak
 1992Howard Smith
Center for Optics Manufacturing
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