20 Macula Vision Research Foundation Spring/Summer 2017 in honor or memory of a Loved one MVRF is proud to acknowledge those in whose memory or honor we have received donations of $1,000 or more in our SupportSightNEWSSM . If you would like to recognize a loved one in our next issue, please contact Dawn Prall George, executive director, at 1-866-462-2852 or dawn@mvrf.org. Kenneth C. Briars, age 93, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2016 surrounded by his children Diane Briars (James Staszewski), Nancy (Mark) Weksler, James Briars (Sandra Halick), and Joyce (Kelly) Browning. He was the loving and beloved husband of Marica J. (Geyer) Briars for 54 wonderful years; proud grandfather of Daniel and Aaron Weksler; brother of Eugene (Annette) Briars and brother-in-law of Margot (William) Briars. He was predeceased by brothers Leroy, Alvin and William. Ken was born and raised in Chicago, graduating from Lane Technical High School in 1941. He served proudly as a Navy aviation mechanic in World War II. He had a long career as a pipefitter, retiring from the Metropolitan Sanitary District in 1990. A long-time resident of Park Ridge, a Chicago suburb, Ken was an active member of both the Park Ridge and Maine Township Senior Centers and the Des Plaines Elks Lodge No. 1526. He was an avid bowler, a superb ballroom dancing partner for Marcia, and a lifelong fan of both the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs—and was overjoyed when the Cubs broke the “Billy Goat Curse” and won the 2016 World Series! His smile and upbeat attitude will be remembered always. He is missed deeply by his family and many friends. Ken was diagnosed with macular degeneration in both eyes in 2006, ultimately losing the sight in his right eye. Due to ongoing treatment, Ken was able to retain vision in his left eye, and continue to engage in all his favorite activities. In tribute to Ken, the Briars family requested those wishing to memorialize him do so with a contribution to the Macula Vision Research Foundation (MVRF) to further its research into prevention and eventual cure of macular degeneration and other eye diseases. The Briars family is very appreciative of the overwhelming number of gifts given in Ken’s memory to MVRF. In Memoriam ~ Kenneth C. Briars