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Karen Machmer Gorman, American optometric physician. National Board Optometry; licensed optometrist, Colorado, Missouri, Texas. Recipient Optometric Recognition awards Pearle, Inc., 1986-1990; University Houston scholar, 1972-1976.


Gorman, Karen Machmer was born on June 4, 1955 in Poughkeepsie, New York, United States. Daughter of James Andrew and Joan (Benton) Machmer.


Bachelor of Science in Optometry, University Houston, 1976. OD, University Houston, 1978. Therapeutic pharmaceutical licensed, University Missouri, St. Louis, 1993.


Private practice, Dallas, 1978-1983, 1984-1985, Hurst, 1984-1985, St. Joseph, Missouri, 1986-2000. Councilwoman, chairman public safety committee City Council, City of St. Joseph, 1997—2006, chairman parks executive committee, 2005—2006. Private practice Maryville, Missouri, since 1999.

Charter member optometric advisory panel Pearle, Inc., 1991-1993. Lecturer on eyecare to community groups. Free-lance journalist St. Joseph News-Press, Benson (North Carolina) Review, jazzreview.com, Jazz Ambassador magazine.

With Fly-In, Washington, 2001-2005.


  • National Board Optometry. Licensed optometrist, Colorado, Missouri, Texas.


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  • Other Work

    • Contributor poetry to literature journals including The National Library of Poetry, Typo magazine, Edge magazine, articles to professional journals including St. Joseph News Press and Benson (North Carolina) Review. Lead actress (play) None Come Back Innocent, Robidoux Resident Theatre, St. Joseph, 1990, Hay Fever, 1991, The Best Man, 1992, Wedded But No Wife, 1993, Mousetrap, 1993, Diary of Anne Frank, 1994, Death and the Maiden, 1995, Veronica's Room, 1996, Plaza Suite, 1997, Dial M for Murder, 2000, The Laramie Project, 2002, The Atonement, Grace Evangelical Church, 2005, On Golden Pond, 2006, Agnes of God, 2008. Narrator Sing for The Cure, St. Joseph Community Chorus, 2008.


Volunteer Dallas Humane Society, 1981, Young Women’s Christian Association Women's Abuse Shelter. Patron Robidoux Resident Theatre, St. Joseph, 1988-2010, St. Joseph Animal Shelter. Patron Second Harvest Food Bank, 1998-2010.

Sponsor, coach, cheerleader and drill team Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph, 1985-1986. Legislation correspondent Humane Society United States, 1990-2010. Member St. Joseph (Missouri) City Council, 1997—2006, chairman landfill and water pollution committee, 1998-2005, parks and recreation committee, 2005-2006, public safety committee.

Board directors Robidoux Resident Theater, 2006-2009, museum oversight board City St. Joseph, since 2008, chairman, since 2009, judge Regional High School Speech and Drama Concert, 2008. Member of Daughters of the American Revolution (Pony Express chapter), National Society Newspaper Columnists, University Houston Alumni Association, Grace Evangelical Church, Evangelism & Prayer Committees, Tau Sigma.


  • Other Interests

    Reading, writing, poetry.


Married D.L. McCartney III, August l6, l976 (divorced June l982). Married N. David Gorman, October l6, l985. L stepchild, Danette Y. Gorman.

James Andrew Machmer

Joan (Benton) Machmer

D.L. McCartney III

N. David Gorman