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Southern College of Optometry is saddened to note the passing of one of the institution's most dedicated and loyal alumni, Joseph F. Wiggins, OD '51. Dr. Wiggins, 84, of Henderson, North Carolina, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011.
The Joseph F. Wiggins Student Center at SCO bears his name, honoring his dedication to his alma mater and recognizing his significantly generous financial support of optometric education.
"Dr. Wiggins truly cared about making a difference in optometry," said SCO President Richard W. Phillips, OD '78. "He and his wife, Nell, faithfully attended SCO functions at SECO in Atlanta over the past several years, and it was inspiring to know how much he cared about his alma mater."
"He was a true gentleman, with a passion for people and for the profession of optometry," said SCO President Emeritus William E. Cochran, OD '68.
A World War II veteran, Dr. Wiggins practiced optometry for 52 years. He was a past president and trustee of the North Carolina Optometric Society, was a member of the American Optometric Foundation, served 26 years on the Professional Advisory Commission for the Blind, and was very active through service to a number of optometry and healthcare organizations.
Survivors include his wife, Nell, a son, two granddaughters, and a sister.
His full obituary may be read courtesy of Flowers Funeral Home in Henderson.