Who is Frederick Boger? You probably read a paragraph or a short section about him in first year optometry school. There may even have been a question or two about him on one of the many multiple choice tests you suffered through that same year. For most, Frederick Boger is not a name that sticks with you or comes to mind frequently, like some of the more contemporary visionaries of this profession might. But to us, here at Review of Optometry, Frederick Boger is perhaps the most significant leader with whom optometry has the pleasure of association.
Frederick Boger not only founded the first optometric journal in the United States, he also feverishly campaigned—within these very pages—for a national organization of “refracting opticians.” That organization is now known as the American Optometric Association and
Mr. Boger was named the group’s first secretary. Likewise, Mr. Boger helped establish what is known today as the New York State Optometric Association.
Mr. Boger died in 1936, but his legacy lives on and is celebrated in every page of every issue of Review that has ever been or ever will be published. In an effort to help honor Frederick
Boger’s memory and commemorate one of his life’s greatest accomplishments, every month this year, Review will be sharing with you, its loyal readers, a bit of your great profession’s most significant moments as they were recoded in these pages over the past 120 years.
Happy Birthday, Review. And—from the bottom of our hearts—thank you Mr. Boger for creating something in which every editor and publisher who has since proceeded you takes great pride.