A Utah philanthropist was honored as a "quiet giant" for his willingness to contribute to the cause of the National Society to Prevent Blindness-Utah Affiliate as the organization celebrated its 30th anniversary Tuesday night.
Thomas D. Dee II was honored by the organization during a dinner in the Red Lion Hotel as its "1988 Man of Vision.""He is a giant that gets things done, has sensitivity to people's needs and a willingness to see they are met," said Spencer F. Eccles, event chairman and chairman of the First Security Corp.
Dee is president of The Dee Co. and a former vice president of First Security Bank.
"Needless to say, I am thrilled and honored to be here," said Dee. "It (this society) is something that deserves support from every one of us."
Eleven others were honored for their longtime volunteer service to the organization including Deseret News Medical Writer JoAnn Jacobsen-Wells, Margaret Regan, Marion Palmer, Dr. Homer E. Smith, Dr. Richard W. Sonntag, Dr. Orson W. White, Dr. Gary B. Stanford and Ames K. Bagley.
Other recipients honored in commemoration of the society's 30th anniversary were Dr. Kim Y. Taylor, Richard G. Taylor and Michael A. Runge.
During the dinner, Irene Makris of Salt Lake City was named the winner of the "Most Beautiful Eyes in Utah" contest. She will compete against other state winners at the society's national convention.
The organization recalled its 30 years of accomplishments including "lazy eye" screening programs that have helped more than 130,000 children. Their glaucoma screening program has helped more than 100,000 adults. The organization announced that it will open a division office in Ogden.
The society was founded in 1908. The Utah affiliate began in 1958.