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Founder Of Santa Barbara Non-Profit Which Helped Save Sight Of Millions Around World Dies


The founder of a more than 40 year old non-profit agency based in Santa Barbara dedicated to helping people with vision problems around the world has died.

Early in his career, Dr. Harry Brown saw how common sight-saving procedures in the United States were rarely available in countries like India and Afghanistan.

The ophthalmologist founded SEE International in 1974. SEE organizes volunteer doctors, and sets up expeditions to provide free sight saving operations around the world. SEE has provided critical care to 3.8 million people around the world, and restored vision to more than a half million and 80 plus countries.

Brown had been battling cancer. He was 86 years old.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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