A long time friend and dedicated teacher
John Michael Coppinger

Michael Coppinger and I began our friendship April 1987. I was the instructor of the biomed photo 2 class and Michael was the owner of JMC Eye Photo. Michael and Mark Maio volunteered to come to RIT and teach ophthalmic photography to the biomed students. At that time, RIT had no working ophthalmic cameras or faculty expertise in this area. Michael visited RIT from that time until 1999. His insights, connections, contributions as an adjunct faculty member, and expertise were vital to elevating the study of this subject for the biomed program during my first few years at RIT. Over the course of his many visits, Michael shared his knowledge and spirit freely to which I am forever grateful.

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