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William Westley Somers

William Westley Somers, American optometric educator, environmental vision consultant, visual training specialist. Diplomate in optometry National Board Examiners Optometry. Named Optometry Professor Year, Indiana University Student Optometric Association, 1980; fellowship, American Optometric Foundation, 1973-1974, Research grant, Indiana University, 1977.


  • Somers, William Westley was born on October 19, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of George William and Norma Jean (West) Somers.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Ohio State University, 1969. OD, Ohio State University, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio State University, 1977.


    • Graduate teaching associate Ohio State University College Optometry, Columbus, 1971—1976. Assistant professor Indiana University School Optometry, Bloomington, since 1977. Consultant Visual Display Terminal Hazards, Indiana Bell Telephone Сompany, Bloomington, 1983, Canada Captioning Development Agency, Montreal, Quebec, 1984, Environmental and Occupational Vision - VDT Safety, St. Louis, 1984, Development Training Center, Bloomington, 1983—1984.

    Major achievements

    • Diplomate in optometry National Board Examiners Optometry.


    • Co-author: (book) Vision Training Manual: Lectures and Laboratories. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    The concept of a free church in a free state rests not on political theory nor on human documents but on the word of God.


    People who do not trust in Christ will enter into eternal condemnation. People who trust in Christ for salvation will enter into the loving presence of God for all eternity.

    Denomination: Baptist


    Christians with differing approaches should be engaged with each other to discuss how the Bible should be applied to issues in our contemporary world.


    Alternate member Indiana Governor's Commission Handicapped, Indianapolis, 1980. Consultant Brown County Community School Corporation, Nashville, 1982. Member Monroe County Amateur Radio Emergency Systems and SKYWARN, Bloomington, 1982—1984.

    Member of Beta Sigma Kappa, Stonebelt Optometric Society, Indiana Optometric Association, American Academy Optometry, American Optometric Association.



    Flying, amateur radio, astronomy, softball, skiing.


    • father: George William Somers
    • mother: Norma Jean (West) Somers
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    Born October 19, 1947
    (age 70)