Ulberg, Dr. Fay, O.D.
Fay Rosamond Herberger Ulberg passed away on Nov. 19, 2007, at the age of 79.Fay was born Feb. 24, 1918, in Roseville, Calif., spent her early years in Sparks, Nev., before moving back to Roseville and graduating from Roseville High School in 1936. Her love of the Sierra Nevada, especially Blue Canyon and the Lake Tahoe-Truckee area, began with her father Fred Herberger, who was an engineer for the Mallet trains over Donner Summit.Fays mother, Dr. Herberger, was the first woman optometrist in Placer County, graduating from Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) in 1906. Her father also became an optometrist in 1924 after retiring from Southern Pacific Railroad. Fay followed in her parents footsteps, attending SCCO where she received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 1942. In 1946 she married Dr. G Wendell Ulberg, Sr. of Seattle, a World War II veteran and also a 42 graduate of SCCO whose father and two brothers were also optometrists. After three years of practicing in Seattle, Drs. Wendell and Fay moved to Menlo Park and established a practice while raising their two children. In 1967, Dr. Fay started the Motor, Auditory, andamp; Visual Education School in Mountain View, Calif., to assist people with learning problems.They helped pioneer the new field of developmental optometry (now known as behavioral optometry) until they retired in 1984. Dr. Fays efforts were recognized, listed in the 1978 Whos Who of Women, and honored by the American Optometric Association with Lifetime Membership in 1985. In 2005, the SCCO recognized the Herberger and Ulberg Generations of Optometry in a display.The couple moved to Newcastle, Calif., and after Dr. Wendell died in 1987, Fay moved to Little River, Calif., to be closer to her daughter, Carole, and explore her skill as an artist. In 2000, she moved back to Reno. Fay is survived by her sons family, Wendell and Kate Ulberg of Alpine Meadows; and her daughters family, Carole and Greg White and two grandchildren, Kyle and Hilary of Ft Bragg. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Truckee Donner Land Trust are suggested: http://www.tdlandtrust.org. A private inurnment service will be held in December.
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