Class of 1959
I was born in
Brooklyn, NY & moved to Hicksville in 1951, parents were Mildred
& Philip Kearney, & am the oldest of seven children. Attended St
Ignatius Elementary School & then went to St Dominicís HS for 2
years, transferring to Hicksville HS in 1957.
After graduation I served as an apprentice optician, and became a
licensed ophthalmic dispenser a year later, working for Higgins &
Beckett Opticians of Hempstead & Hicksville. Attended Nassau
Community College, going to night school for 3 years. Married Lois Ann
Emmerich, a registered nurse, in 1964 after a delightful whirlwind
courtship. Lived with Lois in Smithtown for a year. Attended Queens
College, in the General Studies night school program majoring in Biology
In 1966, I enlisted in the US Army, as an optical specialist, attaining
the rank of Spec.5 after 18 months. Served for three years at
Fitzsimmons Hospital, Denver; Walson Army hospital, Fort Dix, N.J.; and
ran an optical lab in the 44th Medical Brigade in the republic of South
Vietnam. Our first son Philip was born in 1967. Received an honorable
military discharge in 1968 & we moved to Commack NY. Then from
1970-74, I attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in
Philadelphia, PA, receiving my BS degree in 1972. Our second son Michael
was born in 1973. Received my Doctor of Optometry degree in 1974.
Upon graduating, we moved to Latrobe, Pa where I joined a
multidisciplinary ophthalmology-optometry practice. Then In 1977 I
opened a single practitioner optometry practice in Mt Pleasant, Pa.,
specializing in contact lenses, orthoptics, low vision rehabilitation,
and orthokeratology, and developed the Emcee & Falcon Ortho-K
therapeutic contact lenses. That work was a great personal fulfillment
for many years. I closed that professional office & semi-retired
from optometry in 2000. Following that I trained in clinical therapeutic
hypnotherapy, & then conducted a practice in that specialty until
2007, specializing in comprehensive cognitive and emotional healing. In
my therapy practice I developed a number of self-healing techniques for
cognitive & emotional discomforts, which culminated in the process
of "Self-Healing In Inner Awareness". This allows people to
recover from many inner discomforts completely on their own.
My wife Lois was part of my eye practice for 15 years, a fine homemaker
as well, and then became an accomplished watercolor artist. She was a
member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society & co-director of the
Latrobe art center. Her enthusiasm sparked an interest in fine art &
encouraged me to pursue ceramic pottery making as a hobby. She was a
delight in my life, a great mother to our sons, and provided me with a
very happy marriage of some 44 years. In 2008, she passed away,
succumbing to multiple infirmities after a prolonged illness.
At the present time, I still do occasional eye exams, make lots of
earthenware pottery, and privately conduct therapeutic hypnotherapy
& mind-body healing research. I have a therapeutic website under
and chat all the time with friends on my "Phil Kearney"
facebook page. Warmest regards to all of my fellow '59 graduates.