He had "unmatched attention to detail."

Dr. Richard L. Wallingford Jr., who served as president of the American Optometric Association in 2005-06, has died.

Wallingford, who was the organization's 84th president, had been fighting cancer for many years. The AOA described him as "an exceptionally caring doctor, a visionary leader for the profession and a powerful voice on the national stage for expanded patient access to optometric care."

"Dr. Wallingford bravely battled cancer since 2000, and through it continued his service on the AOA Board and to the optometric profession  and our patients  with an unmatched attention to detail and insight," said Dr. Andrea P. Thau, AOA president. "He engaged everyone he met with optimism and warmth, and I was honored to call him a friend."

He is survived by his wife, Elaine, and their children and grandchildren, Thau said.

Wallingford had a long record of involvement and accomplishment with the Maine Optometric Association and the AOA.

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