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“My condolences to David's family and friends. I value the memories of our training years at the University of Iowa. His contributions to...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: John C. Lee

“Being Davids 1st cousin I remember him as my "big brother". As a young man David excelled in many sports. In High School he was especially good in...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Jerry Apple

“Ann, I just found out this very sad news. I am deeply sorry for your loss. You and David fought a long and valiant battle. Thinking of you. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Julia Forster

“David was a very nice person and helped me in my early career in the eye care industry. He was always available for conversation and helping me learn...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Stephen Guida/St Helena Island, SC

“I will always remember Dr. Apple's genuine enthusiasm and thoughtfulness in his contributions to veterinary ophthalmology. His input on canine...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Vivian Jamieson DVM, Dip ACVO

“My cousin, my childhood best friend, David Apple has always been an inspiration to me for his intelligence, his athleticism, and his interest in...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Doug Gibbins

“Please know that your entire family are in our prayers for peace, strength, and rest during this time of loss. My mom, Mary Lynn West, sends her love...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Angela West McKoy and Mary Lynn West

“Hello, you don't know me but I wanted to write and share the hope and comfort I received when I lost me whole family to this enemy death. I found it...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Gloria Mosley

“RIP Dr. Apple. Our condolences to his family, friends, and classmates at East Alton - Wood River High School, Wood River, Illinois. Dr. Apple was an...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: John Pearson, Superintendent - EAWR

“The world has just a brilliant, caring, kind, loving person - a perfect example of what a human should be. I have many memories over the last 10+...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Betsy

“I worked with David at Storm Eye. What a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with the family ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Peggy Low

“My condolences go out to the family. David was a wonderful man. The family is in our thoughts and prayers. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Kurt Pendt


Entered into eternal rest on the afternoon of August 18, 2011, Dr. David Joseph Apple, husband of Ann Addlestone Apple.  Residence, Sullivan's Island, SC.  The relatives and friends of Dr. and Mrs. David Joseph Apple are invited to attend the funeral services of the former, Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm in Beth Elohim Temple.  Interment, Beth Elohim Cemetery, Huguenin Avenue.


Dr. Apple was born September 14, 1941 in Alton, Illinois, the son of Joseph Apple and Margaret Bearden Apple. He was a graduate of Northwestern University, University of Illinois College of Medicine, and served his internship and residency in Pathology at Louisiana State University. In 1980 he completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Iowa.   He was a world renowned Ophthalmologist and Pathologist.


David J. Apple, MD was a true pioneer in the fields of ophthalmology and pathology and his research played in the success story that is modern cataract surgery.  He was Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology and Director of the David J. Apple, MD Laboratory for Ophthalmic Devices Research in Sullivan's Island, SC, USA.  This year he completed his 50th year in service in ophthalmology to SC, the nation and the world.


He was a world-renowned expert in the field of ocular pathology, cataract surgery/intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and refractive surgery. Dr. Apple formed the Center for Developing World Ophthalmology at the Storm Eye Institute.  His laboratory is an official Collaborating Center of the Prevention of Blindness Program World Health Organization (WHO).


During his lifetime he trained over 200 students and doctors.  He called this group his "Apple Korps".  This Apple Korps now consists of four generation of ophthalmologists.  His lab was truly international with staff and doctors from all over the world and yet each one of them felt perfectly at home.  His Fellows have said his lectures were like a work of art.


His career was distinguished by one fact, that he was the only ophthalmologist to have received the four most respected honors in his field:


1)      The Life Achievement Honor Award by the American Academy of Ophthamology


2)      The Ophthamology Hall of Fame award


3)      The Innovator's (Kelman) award


4)      The Binkhorst Lecture and medal.


He received the Senior Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in San Diego, CA.  He was selected as one of the Best Ophthalmologist in America. Among his highest academic honors was his election to the German Academy of Research in the Natural Sciences.


He was Assistant and subsequently Associate Professor of Ophthalmology under Morton F. Goldberg, MD at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary and Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine in Chicago from 1971 to 1975.  He then completed his residency in Clinical Ophthalmology under Frederick C. Blodi, MD at the University of Iowa in 1979.


He co-founded the Center for Intraocular Lens Research in 1982 with Randall Olson, MD.  He was Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology, Professor and Chairman Emeritus at the Storm Eye Institute, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.  He held the Pawek-Vallotton Chair of Biomedical Engineering and was Director of the Center or Research on Ocular Therapeutics and Biodevices until 2002, when he transferred his Center to Utah.


During his Chairmanship of the Department of Ophthalmology in Charleston from 1988 to 1996 he successfully led the effort to raise $8.8 million to complete a three-floor expansion and general renovation of the Eye Institute.  When he returned, he resigned from the Chair and became Director of Research for the Department.  In 2002 he returned to Salt Lake City, the city where he began his career in the field of ocular bioengineering.


Dr. Apple's landmark book, Sir Harold Ridley and his Fight for Sight: He changed the world so that we may better see it, came about when Sir Harold, inventor of the intraocular lens, asked David to be his official biographer. Publishing it benefited ophthalmology; it educated physicians, as well as, the general public.


Dr. Apple has presented more than 1,400 scientific lectures, 168 scientific posters, and more than 60 exhibits and videos.  He has authored 566 scientific publications, including 23 textbooks, 71 chapters in textbooks.


Besides ophthalmology, Dr. Apple was passionate about classical music.  He served on the Board of the Charleston Symphony, the Board of the Charleston Ballet and was active in Chamber Music Charleston.


He is survived by his wife, Ann, of Sullivan's Island, SC; one step-son: Scott E. Kabat (Jennifer) of San Francisco, CA; one step-daughter: Jacqueline B. Kabat of Brooklyn, NY; two step grandchildren: Lilly and Jack; one nephew: Lee Apple; two nieces: Raina Apple and Dione Apple.  He also leaves behind their three cherished dachshunds, "the people" as he called them, Will, Lexie and Sam.  He was predeceased by his brother: Robert Apple


Memorials may be made to The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation, Research Fund, 4000 Legato Road, Suite #700, Fairfax, VA 22033.  Please indicate this is for David J. Apple, MD.


Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL.