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In Memoriam, Dr. Lowell Gilbert

In Memoriam, Dr. Lowell Gilbert

Best recognized for his brilliant white hair and smile, Lowell was a stellar leader and advocate for the profession of optometry. He was a VOA President, VOA OD of the Year, VOA Distinguished Achievement Award recipient, served on the Virginia Board of Optometry, Chair of the VOA Legislative Committee, year long leader of the VOPAC Board, VOA Trustee to the Southern Council of Optometrists, and after serving through officer structure, President of the Southern Council of Optometrists (SECO). It was under Dr. Gilbert's leadership and guidance that the VOA achieved legislation authorizing Virginia doctors of optometry to prescribe and treat with therapeutic pharmaceutical agents. A gentleman, a fierce advocate for his profession, a man of his word, and a true Virginian... Dr. Lowell Gilbert.

Our thoughts and prayers for his family.


Dr. Lowell H. Gilbert, of Colonial Heights, Virginia went to his eternal rest Thursday, November 10, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Deborah L, and daughters, Amy Selfe and husband, Stephen, and Kimberley Boyd and husband, Tracy. He leaves four grandchildren, Kayla and Lauren Boyd, and Peyton and Noah Selfe. He is also survived by his sisters, Carleton Harper and husband, Duane, and Lorraine Harlow and husband, Harold, and his brothers Dr. Edward Gilbert and wife, Argie, and Marcus Gilbert and wife, Dorothy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Simon and Eva Gilbert, his brother Dr. Fulton Gilbert, and his sisters, Eleanor VanGilder and Rhoda York. Dr. Gilbert served the Colonial Heights community and the State of Virginia by providing eye care as an optometrist for over 40 years. During his career, Dr. Gilbert served as the President of the Virginia Optometric Association and President of the Southeastern Congress of Optometry International in Atlanta, Georgia. He was honored as the Virginia Optometrist of the Year in 1989, and he received the Distinguished Achievement Award in 1998 from the Virginia Optometric Association. He was appointed and served on the Board of Optometry, the Board of Health Professions for the State of Virginia, and the National Board of Examiners of Optometry. Locally, he was a lifetime member and Past President of the Colonial Heights Lions Club, Past President of the Colonial Heights Jaycees. and Past President of the Colonial Heights Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Gilbert served as a Captain in the United States Army from 1966-68 at the US Army Hospital in Fort Jackson, SC. Dr. Gilbert was a member of Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Gasburg, Virginia. He enjoyed his home on Lake Gaston and spent many happy hours fishing there as well as fishing in the Florida Keys. Donations may be made to Pleasant Hill Christian Church, 175 Ankum Road, Gasburg, VA 23857 or to Crater Community Hospice, 3916 S Crater Road, Petersburg, VA 23805. Condolences may be registered at - See more here

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