“I always said that if I served the community, they would come back to me.”
– Dr. Marvin Poston
Learn About his Legacy
Learn About his Legacy
The core philosophy of Dr. Marvin Poston, one the founders of California Vision Services, which would evolve into Vision Service Plan (VSP) and ultimately VSP Global, is a touchstone for our business practices today. Whether providing eye care and eyewear through a number of charitable programs to those living in underserved communities or affected by disasters, ensuring patients have access to high-quality vision services, or providing doctors with the tools they need to maintain successful private practices, this dedication to service can be directly attributed to the core philosophies of Dr. Poston.
VISIONARY. TRAILBLAZER. INSPIRATION.
1914 - 2002
Dr. Poston was a longtime contributor to the city of Oakland, California, beginning in 1929 when the Poston family migrated from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. As an academic scholar at Oakland Technical High School and University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry, he was dedicated to the educational development of vision health of the San Francisco Bay Area; the advancement of the Black community; the profession of optometry, and the success of the Napa Valley wine industry. Each of his successes was testimony to his determination to move beyond any immediate obstacle or systemic bias.
Read about Dr. Poston's achievements in an extensive interview in The Boule Journal, a publication of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, the first Black Greek-letter fraternity (February 1980) and "VSP Remembers Dr. Poston at his Passing" (2002).
"Dr. Poston’s mission as a humanitarian, Master of Optometry, and family man leaves a legacy of accomplishment through his own perseverance and the joy of seeing other’s persevere toward (achieving) their goals. For those of us who knew him, he was the soft-spoken man who frequently shared his insights so that, together, each of us could achieve our shared and individual dreams. As a father he was relentless in guiding the success of his children in achieving our goals. He was proud of his accomplishments, but never smug about his gains. Education was the hallmark of his daily life, always sharing his belief in its ever-increasing value; the more you have the better we all are. He was the master strategist for navigating the obstructive behavior of others but saw little value in holding a grudge. He served each of his communities with commitment and wisdom. (Dr.) Poston was ever the leader, the gatherer of colleagues and friends, never discarding them along the way."
- Marlene Poston Bell, Dr. Poston's daughter
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