State optometric association honors Ginger

Dr. Herman Ginger of Pine Bluff received the 2014 Lifetime of Excellence Award from the Arkansas Optometric Association at its spring convention in April.

The award is given to an optometrist “who has exemplified the highest ethical, professional and caring character during his or her practice life, and shown a willingness to serve in numerous capacities,” according to a news release from the association.

“His career has been an example to all Arkansas optometrists to follow and his life has been one that has had a positive influence upon family, community and peers,’ the release said.

“There’s no finer complement than to be honored by your peers,” Ginger said. “This award means a great deal to me.”

A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the Southern College of Optometry, he is a board-certified optometric physician.

He is a past president of the Arkansas Optometric Association; past chairman of the ArOA exhibits committee and a member of the association for 42 years.

In addition to his professional life, he is a senior justice of the peace on the Jefferson County Quorum Court and an advanced class Ham radio operator. He builds and flies experimental aircraft and plays the violin, harmonica and guitar and frequently entertains nursing home residents.

“He has a heart for the new practitioners of our profession,” said Dr. Stephanie Willett, who shares an office with Ginger. “Countless times he has invited new graduates into his practice to offer advice and an opportunity to see his practice in action. He is someone for all of optometry to look up to and to strive to mimic.”