Pope Paul VI greets Dr. J.H. King and IEF’s Executive Director Jay Lawlor during a private audience at the Pope’s summer residence Castel Gandolfo.

Dr. J.H. King receives a Western Union Telegram from President Dwight D. Eisenhower thanking him for the invitation to join IEF’s lay Board and saluting IEF’s Board members for their dedication to “such a worthy humanitarian mission”.

Dr. King adopts the slogan “the promotion of peace through the prevention of blindness”.

PUERTO RICO:  IEF establishes the first Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology in Spanish at the University of Puerto Rico for Spanish-speaking ophthalmologists from throughout Latin America.

Dr. King establishes the IEF “Society of Eye Surgeons” with members who are luminaries from around the world and are dedicated to the prevention of blindness and restoration of sight.


Doctor David Patton and King Hussein in the nineteen sixties

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