Jerome, born to Samuel and Rose Rosner, in Pittsburgh, PA, was an optometrist and a veteran of World War II as a member of the U.S. Army. He also taught at the University of Houston College of Optometry for 30 years and was named Professor Emeritus of Optometry in 2008. Through his practice of optometry and interest in helping children with learning difficulties, he published multiple books and founded two schools, Pace Academy in Pittsburgh and The Joy School in Houston.
Jerome is survived by his wife, Dr. Joy Rosner; four children, Joyce, Matthew, Michael, and Gregory; and two grandchildren, David and Zef. He was unfortunately preceded in death by his daughter, Carolyn.
Throughout his life Jerome focused on helping others and he will be missed greatly by many. His legacy, both personal and professional, will endure.
Because I was a learning disabilities teacher, I love the work of the Jerry Rosner. I particularly love the TAAS and always include it in my testing. It gives me the chance to watch the child’s eyes and tell if they can see the word in their mind, remove a letter or syllable, and visualize what is left. So much faster than sounding out. It helps us know how to help the child.
God speed, Dr. Rosner.
When I completed my Resdiency @ PCO, with Jack Richman and Ralph Garzia having fled Philly for Michigan and Lou Hoffman heading to SCCO, mentoring was in short supply. Charlie Mullen imported his old buddy from New England, Jerry Rosner to mentor me for a month while they began a search for Chief of the Pediatric Unit. They had appointed me as Interim Chief, and Jerry and I clicked immediately. After a couple of weeks Jerry told Charlie: "Ditch the search; the kid will do fine." For that I will be eternally grateful.
Jerry Rosner spoke at Pacific when I was student. He was the first articulate optometrist I had ever heard. He had a way with words. He was my first inspiration to do vision therapy. He told me that if you sell bubble gum, you have to keep your doors open 24/7, but if you have something special to offer, you can set your own hours. He maintained that vision therapy was something special. Forty years later, I still use his book in helping my patients. I am saddened to hear he passed, but thankful for his input while he was here.