Dr. Bob Carter received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University in 1970. After spending 3 years in the United States Air Force and 2 years on the clinical faculty back at Indiana University, he was recruited to be one of the initial 3 faculty members to start the College of Optometry at Ferris State College in 1975. In 1979-80, he spent a year’s leave-of-absence at the Department of Ophthalmology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and in 1998-99, he spent a year’s sabbatical leave at the Optometry Department at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. His classroom and clinic assignments varied greatly over his 36 years as a faculty member at Ferris, but his greatest joy was working with students and patients in the optometry clinic. He retired from the College of Optometry at Ferris in December, 2011 but still works as an adjunct clinical faculty member at the University Eye Center. He also worked summers for the Indian Health Service in the Upper Peninsula in 1980, ’81, and ’82 and owned and/or worked in a private practice in Big Rapids from 1983 until 2008. He also was a volunteer on 16 overseas eyeglass missions in Belize and Dominica.
Dr. Carter served on the BOT of the Michigan Optometric Association (MOA) from 1982 until 1990 and was President in 1989. He also served on many state and national association committees and was the Legislative Committee Chair of the MOA from 1990 until 1995. He was instrumental in the passage of legislation and orchestrating the education that allows optometrists in Michigan to prescribe medication for a host of eye diseases including glaucoma. If asked, Dr. Carter will tell you that his two greatest professional achievements were being one of the initial faculty members of the College of Optometry at Ferris and securing the passage of this therapeutic legislation for optometry in Michigan.
Dr. Carter has been married to his wife Jane for 46 years, has two adult sons (both FSU grads), and has 4 grandchildren. He is an avid golfer and volunteers as a course rater for the Golf Association of Michigan. He joined the FSU EA BOT in May, 2013 and is currently the VP.