Optometrist Leon Reiss is laid to rest

Leon Maurice Reiss, O.D., one of the longest-serving optometrists in New Orleans, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, May 27, at the age of 95.


Reiss proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II after having graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. 

He became an optometrist when he received his degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1948. He loved the practice and was a life member of both the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry. 

Dr. Reiss was president of both the Louisiana State Association of Optometry and the Southern Council of Optometry, and served on both the state and national Boards of Optometry Examiners.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Georga May Yuspeh Reiss. He is survived by his children Barbara Reiss Newman (Harry), Linda Reiss Grush (David), Michael Reiss (Robin), and Patti Reiss Micklin (David); eight grandchildren; and thee great-grandchildren.

Reiss was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time at the beach. He also was a devoted fan of the New Orleans Saints.

A private graveside service was held for family members only.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Imagine! Foundation, 1400 Dixon Ave, Lafayette, Colorado 80026, (www.imaginecolorado.org) would be appreciated.

Arrangements were by Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd. t www.tharpsontheimerfh.com

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