Services Held for Keith W. Harrison, Former CLSA President

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TORONTO, Canada—Keith W. Harrison, a former president of the Contact Lens Society of America, passed away here on Aug. 21 following a battle with cancer, according to an announcement on the CLSA website. He was 59 years old.

Harrison was an ophthalmic dispenser and certified contact lens fitter in Toronto, where he was owner of Harrison Optical Service, a contact lens practice and optical business in the Toronto Western Hospital. He was certified by the Board of Ophthalmic Dispensers of Ontario, and a Fellow of the Ontario Contact Lens Association. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ontario Opticians Association, and the Clifford R. Shorney 2012 Member of the Year Award. He held membership in the Canadian Guild of Dispensers Opticians, was NCLE Advanced Certified, and, while serving on the NCLE board of directors, was instrumental in the creation of the ABO-NCLE National Opticians Conference.

A 31-year member of the CLSA, Harrison served as a member of the CLSA board of directors, as CLSA secretary/treasurer, CLSA Foundation chair and as president of the organization from 1993 to 2003. He was noted for his contributions as an educator, and frequently spoke at industry meetings, according to CLSA.

Survivors include his wife, Linda, son Bradley, daughter Courtney, a brother and six sisters. CLSA is accepting contributions to the CLSA Foundation in Harrison’s name. Contributions can be sent to The Keith Harrison Fund, 441D Carlisle Dr., Herndon, Va. 20170, in care of the CLSA. Donations will be directed to the charity or cause chosen by the family.