Dr. Floyd Zastrow has always understood the difference between "vision" and "sight." In his 80 years, he has seen a lot across the world landscape; and as a noted optometrist, he has improved the sight of many patients. Moreover, as an active member of the Lodi community, Floyd Zastrow has shown himself to be a man of vision, making a difference in the lives of his fellowmen. His legendary 42 years of active involvement in the Lodi Lions Club has stood as a shining tribute to the power of voluntarism, personal vision, and community service.
Born in Azusa, California, in 1926, Floyd was reared in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. After graduating from Loyola High School, he joined the U.S. Navy. While working at Corona Navy Hospital in San Diego, he met Navy optometrist Dr. Robert Lindell, the man who would become young Floyd's mentor and set him on his life's course.
At Dr. Lindell's urging, Floyd pursued optometry, beginning his studies at Mt. San Antonio College. He stayed in the on-campus Navy barracks for $20 a month. He transferred to Northern Illinois College of Optometry, where he graduated in 1950. Dr. Zastrow returned to California and worked with Dr. E.W. Kurrle, who maintained a substantial Hollywood clientele. One memorable moment occurred in 1956, when Alfred Hitchcock's assistant director sent actress Barbara Bel Geddes to their shop to get fitted for frames to wear in the film, Vertigo. Struck by her "electrifying presence," Dr. Zastrow and the optician were more than pleased to outfit Barbara with the fashionable eyewear befitting her taste and style.
In 1963, Dr. Zastrow and his wife Louise settled in Lodi, where he established a successful practice and where they reared their four children. His many years of community service will stand as an enduring legacy.
On the occasion of Mt. SAC's 61st Commencement, we celebrate the notable accomplishments of Dr. Zastrow and proudly recognize him as a distinguished Alumnus of the Year.