(L-R) Phuong Anh (The Fred Hollows Foundation staff member), Chris Oechsli (president and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies), Dr Phuc Huynh (The Fred Hollows Foundation Vietnam Country Director), Bob Matousek (friend of Chuck), Chuck Feeney, Dr Pham Binh (Director of Da Nang Eye Hospital) and Dr Le Nhan Phuong (Vietnam Executive Director of Atlantic Philanthropies).
Dr Phuc Huynh Tan, The Foundation’s Cluster Director in Vietnam, said Chuck’s legacy would live on for generations.
“Chuck was a remarkable man who touched the lives of so many people with his generosity and vision,” Dr Huynh said.
“He had a keen interest in the projects he was investing in, and I had the pleasure of demonstrating and explaining cataract surgery to him in operating theatres on a number of occasions when he visited Vietnam.
“Thanks to his support, we have trained hundreds of eye health workers, equipped facilities with modern technology, and provided affordable and accessible eye care services to thousands of people in Vietnam.
“The training he helped strengthen means his impact will be felt for decades. It’s an astonishing legacy that is worthy of such a great man.
“He was a true friend and partner of The Fred Hollows Foundation, and we will always be grateful for his trust and confidence in our work,” Dr Huynh said.
The Fred Hollows Foundation extends its heartfelt condolences to Chuck’s family and friends, and joins the global community in celebrating his remarkable life and achievements.
Cover photo credit: The Fred Hollows Foundation