“Roger was a great friend for over twenty years. He always had quick smile and a good word for everyone. If you spoke with a cross section of people who knew him the term Mentor would always come up. Roger was a great educator, not only to those in the medical community but to many of us in the ophthalmic industry. He was a major contributor in new technology developments in the areas of corneal surgery and laser usage for ophthalmology. He was also a leader in the development of new IOL designs, advancements in phacoemulsification, and instrumentation.
Roger will be missed by all of us who call him a friend. He will always be known as the leader who helped bring the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UCI from just an idea to what will become one of the leading eye institutes in our world.”
Dan McWard, advisory board member, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute; ophthalmic industry executive
“Roger was a prince of a person, and his loss is one for our entire profession. He was a skilled clinician and surgeon, a gifted and insightful scientist, and a dedicated steward of his profession. Roger will be remembered by his many, many friends as a genuinely good man with a keen sense of humor and tremendous laugh, and possessing a wonderful blend of professional authority and personal kindness. Our hearts go out to April and his entire family.”
David W. Parke II, chief executive officer, American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
Roger was one of the great thinkers of our time, and we are so fortunate to have known him. Minds like his are rare, and we have all benefited from his. What was more special was the gentleness that resided in his spirit, and this gentle brilliance will be his legacy. Roger and I created a special bond during the passing of my father, and I will always be grateful for Roger and April's sincere support during this time, in the midst of Roger's journey. I am thankful that my dad will have Roger’s company, so they can continue to make the world a better place together.
George O. Waring IV, MD, FACS, founder and medical director Waring Vision Institute, Mt. Pleasant, SC