American Optical History
In Memory Of...
Dr. Bernie Grolman

Don Whitney (L) and Bernie Grolman in 1982 at Dons Retirement party

I was saddened to learn of the tragic death of Bernie Grolman on December 11, 2002 in Buffalo N.Y.  Bernie was struck and killed by a car will crossing the street. A friend and colleague, Bernie was a humble "giant" in the ophthalmic community. He has a long and distiguished career at AO, and more recently consulted for Reichert Instruments. Bernie was the inventor of the non-contact tonometer. Bernie was also active in ISO Tonometry Standards. A memorial was held at Bernie's home on Sunday, Dec 15, 2003. Read more about Bernie from two friends and colleagues:

Thank You Dr. Grolman - A Tribute by Dr. Ken Myers
New 4/28/03

Read about Bernie in this obituary written by
friend and colleague David Taylor
New 4/28/03

Bernie in his 2L Southbridge office in 1978
AO R&D 1978 photos by Don Whitney

Recollections of AO by Bernie Grolman

Excerpt from Buffalo Newspaper: Man struck and killed by car on Walden in Cheektowaga


 An elderly Massachusetts man has died after being struck by a car Wednesday night  in Cheektowaga, authorities said.  Bernard Grolman, 79, of Worcester, died shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday in Erie County  Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.  The accident occurred shortly before 7 p.m. on Walden Avenue at Duke Road.  Grolman, crossing Walden northbound, was struck by a car traveling east on Walden,  Cheektowaga police said.   The driver of the car was identified as Anthony V. Delabio, 29, of Niagara Falls.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
Worcester man killed in N.Y.
December 19, 2002
Page: B5

WORCESTER -- Bernard Grolman of 6 Chamberlain Parkway died last week after
he was struck by a vehicle on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga, a town in
upstate New York, police said.

Mr. Grolman was 79. Cheektowaga police said Mr. Grolman was crossing the
street at Walden Avenue, a major intersection not far from the New York
State Thruway, when he was struck.

The accident occurred at 6:51 p.m. Dec. 11. Mr. Grolman was pronounced dead
at 2:13 a.m. last Thursday in Erie County Medical Center, Lt. Mark Nacke

Mr. Grolman was wearing dark clothes on a dreary night, with rain turning
into sleet, according to Lt. Nacke. Mr. Grolman was staying at the Sheridan

Lt. Nacke said the driver, Anthony V. Delabio, 29, of Niagara Falls, was not
cited. Witnesses, according to police, said that the traffic lights were
green at the time Mr. Grolman was hit.

Amherst Memorial Chapel in Buffalo, N.Y., handled Mr. Grolman's funeral

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