“Roger was an amazing leader, teacher, clinical researcher, and surgeon. He was kind to all and had a wonderful sense of humor. Roger was devoted to his wife April and his family. Roger will truly be missed.”
Marguerite McDonald, MD, FACS
"I had the opportunity to serve as ASCRS president immediately after Roger. As a result, I had the chance to work with him and observe firsthand his remarkable organizational skillset. When he relocated to Southern California, we shared a few patients and I then got to see the results of his remarkable corneal surgery. He had all the tools and used them to the fullest."
Samuel Masket, MD, clinical professor, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
"I have known Roger for thirty years and have always held him in the highest respect for his integrity, intelligence, and innovativeness. When he decided to go academic and took the chairmanship at UCI, we became much closer as he reached out to me and I to him in his creation of the new eye center and his amazing faculty. He was a very quick study and the street was soon very much a two-way one as I was learning as much from him as he was from me. It was a delight to see him take off in a transition that many find most difficult. He created a legacy that will forever support his desire for excellence with UCI.
I also saw Roger as the ultimate communicator/educator. Yes, he was brilliant, but he had that rare ability to make complex ideas understandable and the patience to do this right. This is not common in truly brilliant people. That is why his aphasia hit me so hard with his early tumor surgery as his loss of his amazing ability to express himself just broke my heart. He will be so sadly missed as one who was extraordinary in our field and one who did so much for so many!"
Randall Olson, MD, chief executive officer, John Moran Eye Center, chair of ophthalmology, University of Utah School of Medicine