Latest News Alvin Levin, OD, Past President of AOA, Passes Away in Rhode Island at 89 By Staff Friday, August 11, 2017 12:18 AM Alvin Levin, OD. ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association (AOA) announced on its website Thursday that former AOA president Alvin Levin, OD, passed away Friday, Aug.4. He was 89, according to the AOA announcement. Born in Pottstown, Pa., Dr. Levin served briefly in the US Army during World War II before attending and graduating from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1951. From there he joined his uncle's optometric practice in Carlisle, Pa., where, he practiced in the community and in nearby Dillsburg, Pa. for three decades.Dr. Levin was named AOA president at the 58th AOA Congress in Anaheim, Calif., in 1979. He earned the Pennsylvania Optometric Association's (POA) Central "Man of the Year" award in 1962, as well as POA Optometrist of the Year in 1982. Dr. Levin also served as Arizona Optometric Association’s (AZOA) executive director in 1984 and was named Arizona’s optometrist of the year in 1999. "How do you capsulize a man like Dr. Al Levin? In a few words, it's impossible, but passion, integrity and honesty, with both humility and nobility, come quickly to mind," stated Bruce May, OD, past president of the POA. "Love of life, family and his chosen profession pretty much tell the story of this great man and leader. Those who knew him will never forget him, nor would they want to."