Obituary: McGraw, Lora G. |

Obituary: McGraw, Lora G.

Former Truckee resident Lora G. McGraw died at Valley View Nursing Home in Hamilton, Mont., Aug. 22. She was 86.

Born in New Florence, Penn., on Sunday, Sept. 3, 1916, Lora was the daughter of the late John David and Rachal Virginia (Seneff) Good.

She received her B.A. in Education at Otterbein College and later her M.A. in Special Education at California State University.

After college she went to work for J.C. Penny in McKeesport, Penn., and was later transferred to New York City. While in New York City she worked as a consultant and taught in the advertising and display departments. She also wrote many of the sales manuals for J.C. Penny Corporation.

It was during this time she met and married Oscar B. McGraw in 1944.

The couple moved to California to raise a family. Lora worked for a time as a schoolteacher, then went to work for Dr. Donald Getz, O.D., Van Nuys, Calif. on May 1, 1963. She worked for him for 23 years as an Optometric Assistant and was tremendously happy and challenged. She retired from his office in 1986.

Lora was the recipient of the Jewel Young Award in 1986 and subsequently had an annual award set up in her name “The Lora McGraw Award” that is presented to the outstanding vision therapist of the year by the Optometric Extension Program of Southern California.

Lora was a guest speaker at several optometric conferences and forums and author of many articles, papers and numerous books related to her field, including her well received “Guiding Strabismus Therapy” published in 1991.

Lora opened her own successful educational remediation office in Frazier Park, Calif. after her retirement. In addition to remedial help to those who needed it, she offered many well attended training seminars for optometric assistants.

After retiring a second time from her office in Frazier Park, she and her daughter Rachal moved to California City and later to Truckee.

After suffering a stroke, she moved to Hamilton, Mont. in March 2003, to be close to her daughter Lora Jr. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Rachal and brothers John, Jr. and Ray. Survivors include: her daughter Lora, Jr. of Victor, Mont.; son David of Reno; son Oscar B. of Carlisle, Ind.; sister Martha Akron of Ohio along with many special cousins and nieces.

A memorial is planned during church services on Aug. 31 at 9 a.m. at Church of the Mountains, UMC, P.O. Box 1209, Truckee, CA 96160. (530)


In lieu of flowers, a donation to Church of the Mountains building fund or a charity of your choice is appreciated.

To be sure, the number of lives touched by Lora is almost as numerous at the stars. She will be missed but never forgotten.

Ronald Brothers of Dowling Funeral Home and Crematory of Hamilton, Mont. is handling arrangements for the family.

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