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Dr. Donald Golden, the founder of Detroit Optical Centers, or D.O.C. Optics Corp., died July 30, 2018. He was 99.

He was a only a few months shy of his 100 birthday, according to his family.

Golden, who most recently lived in Bal Harbour, Florida, started the Southfield-based eyewear company in 1946.

His son, Richard, took over the business and it grew to 118 stores in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Wisconsin and Florida. Richard became known for his fancy footwork in the company's 1990s television commercials for its "sexy specs."

In 2007, the eyeglasses company was sold to Italian company Luxottica Group for $110 million.

Survivors include his wife, Marion, sons Michael, Richard and Randy as well as several grandchildren and great-grand children.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Norma.

A funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at The Ira Kaufman Chapel, 18325 W. Nine Mile in Southfield. Interment to follow at the Beth El Memorial Park, 28120 Six Mile in Livonia.

Memorials should be sent to the Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit, P.O. Box 21085, Detroit, MI 48202, or the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, 6735 Telegraph, Suite 260, or P.O. Box 2030, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @CharlesERamirez

 

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