Paul Moccia, OD (’88), passed away on April 27, 2018, after a courageous battle against metastatic cancer.  Dr. Moccia is fondly remembered as one of the greatest class leaders in the college’s history as well as a leader within the College of Optometry. He always made sure everyone was included in class activities, and his maturity and professionalism greatly benefitted our program. Dr. Moccia entered optometry after obtaining a master’s degree in guidance counseling and served as a teacher and as a rehabilitation specialist for several years prior to attending UMSL.  He was a very successful practitioner in a group MD-OD practice in Atchison, Kansas.  Of no surprise to anyone who knew him, he felt called to provide eye care to senior citizens and initiated a practice in various area nursing homes between 1991 and 2014.  He retired from The Eye Specialists of Atchison in June 2017, one month after being diagnosed with cancer.  He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Laura Toner Moccia, four children, and one grandchild.

Several of his classmates, Drs. Mo Rafieetary, Jim Perry, Barbara Brown, JD Roberts, and Diane Wilson spearheaded an effort to honor Dr. Moccia’s legacy via making a contribution in his memory to the UMSL College of Optometry Patient Care Center.  Any gift, in any size, will be included.  A gift form was sent to all members of the Classes of 1987, 1988, and 1989.  If you would like to be included and did not receive a gift form, please email Ed Bennett at

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