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December 1, 2013

On the shoulders of others: Dr. Price honored

Optometrist credits father for traits that have led to his success

A few years after the end of World War II, Abe Price brought his family over the Atlantic Ocean to the U.S. from war-torn Germany, bringing with them nothing but a suitcase.

Now, more than 60 years later, his son Dr. Herb Price credits father Abe for the habits that this year helped garner him the Logansport-Cass County’s Businessman of the Year award.

Herb Price, a Logansport optometrist and founder of Price and Shepler Family Eye Care, was just 5 years old when his family moved from Germany to Goshen, where they had sponsors who helped with the expenses and challenges of establishing the family as naturalized U.S. citizens.

It was a big change for Abe Price, who’d just spent years escaping from the Holocaust.

Eventually the family wound up near South Bend, where Abe Price became manager of a shoe store, following in the footsteps of his own father, who had owned a shoe store and shoe factory in Germany.

“I think my father taught me an awful lot,” said Herb Price. “Even though he’s 90 years old, he still lectures to college and high school students about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor. He continues to give back today and I think I inherited some of those strengths.”

Abe Price emphasized respect for others, said Herb Price, no matter their religious beliefs or the color of their skin. “I use his philosophy in my practice,” said Herb Price.

A representative of the optometrist received the chamber award on his behalf at the chamber’s annual dinner Nov. 8. He was chosen from a pool of nominees by a secret committee separate from the chamber’s board of directors.

Herb Price and his two siblings earned bachelor’s degrees at Indiana University, and Herb Price went on to complete his doctor of optometry degree in 1971. He began practicing in Logansport with Howard Eye Care, an arm of the former St. Joseph Hospital, which became Miller’s Merry Manor in 1984.

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