Ophthalmology chair honored for vision in South Texas
Prevent Blindness Texas (PBT) will honor Dr. W.A.J. van Heuven, chairman of the department of ophthalmology, with its annual "People of Vision" award. The non-profit organization recognizes community leaders who have turned their vision for South Texas into a reality.
"This is quite an honor," Dr. van Heuven said. "Prevent Blindness Texas is a wonderful organization and I hope lending my name to it in this way will call attention to all the good work it does."
Prevent Blindness Texas provides free vision screening for preschool children, free glaucoma screening for adults, and eye safety programs for schools, farms and athletes. The organization began in 1956 and has traditionally honored business leaders in the San Antonio community. This year, PBT divided the award into the educational/medical sector, the business/civic sector and the charitable sector.
"When we decided to open our award to different areas of the community, Dr. van Heuven was the first person who came to mind for education, hands down," said Jean Thompson, board president of PBT. "Not only has he done his part to educate the community, he's been instrumental in educating us."
Dr. van Heuven will receive the award during a Nov. 1 fund-raising dinner at the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown San Antonio.
Previous recipients include Henry Cisneros, former San Antonio mayor, Tom Frost, senior chairman of Frost National Bank, and Dr. John P. Howe III, former UTHSC president.