Robert A. Amato, 80, former president of Jobson Publishing/Jobson Medical Information, died in New York City on September 19.

As one of the founders of The Vision Industry Council of America (now The Vision Council), Mr. Amato was instrumental in developing the International Vision Expo shows. He also led Jobson into new ventures, including the international markets for eyewear and other industry sectors.

Following Mr. Amato’s retirement in May 2005, Jobson continued to exhibit market leadership—a legacy of his guidance.

“Bob A’s vision led us all toward greater and better accomplishments,” says Marc Ferrara, CEO of the Information Services division of Jobson Medical Information. “Bob A’s vision and passion also helped drive the optical industry forward.”