Meet Uncle Frank: A 95-Year-Old With No Plans to Retire

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Dr. Frank Fontana—better known as Uncle Frank to colleagues and friends—is 95. He has worked as an optometrist for 66 years, with no plans to retire. Why? In his words, “Because I love my work. Anything else bores me to death.”

Dr. Fontana graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1949. He was educated through the G.I. bill after serving in the U.S. Army for three years. He started his own practice in 1950 in St. Louis, Missouri, and is a pioneer in fitting contact lenses.

We sat down with Dr. Fontana to talk about his life’s work and why he never wants to retire. Here is his story.

This is a guest post by VSP employee Maryam B.


  • Angela says:

    Oh, he is such a positive person! He is just like I want to be at his age! He sounds like he is in is 60s, with all his positive energy!

  • Thanks for sharing this story. I have often thought the same, that I would never want to retire, that I would wish always to be engaged doing something I enjoyed working at. We don’t know how our bodies will hold up, whether we will be able to do the things we want to do . . . that doesn’t seem to be a problem for Dr. Fontana.

  • Janice Bolte says:

    Dr. Fontana is such a sweet man and wonderful doctor. Have been going to him for 40+ years. Great guy!

  • Chris O. says:

    This is a great little tribute to Uncle Frank! How can you not love this guy!!!

  • Mary T Stark says:

    Thank you for sharing the Dr’s story! He’s clearly a pro and on it and I plan to be the same when I am in my 90’s. Bravo! I appreciate a story about someone living life well.

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