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December 23, 2010

Vision Scientist Leaves Bequest to SUNY College of Optometry

 

The SUNY College of Optometry recently received a $100,000 bequest from the estate of Dr. Leo Hurvich, former Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

The gift has been designated as the Dr.Leo Hurvich and Dr. Dorothea Jameson Endowment also named for his late wife and fellow vision science researcher.

The interest from the endowment will be used to fund students’ travel costs to scientific meetings.

"Dr. Hurvich is a major scientific figure in color vision research. Now, his  generous bequest will allow our students to attend major scientific meetings, where they will interact with other vision scientists, learn from them and contribute  their own vision science research. We are truly grateful for this generous support," said Dr. David Troilo, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at the College.

Dr. Hurvich  and his wife received joint recognition for their major contributions to our understanding  of how we perceive color. In 1989, Dr. Hurvich and Dr. Jameson received honorary degrees at the College of Optometry's commencement.