Elmo Spellman: Opticianry loses a Great Friend

The Opticians Association of America and the profession of Opticianry lost a great friend and advocate.  Elmo James Spellman, age 74, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 26, 2015.


Elmo owned and operated Esplanade Optical in Metairie, Louisiana for 33 years. Elmo was past president of Louisiana Association of Dispensing Opticians (LADO) and Opticians Association of America (OAA).


Chris Allen, OAA Executive Director, had this to say about the passing of Elmo Spellman, "Elmo was a great leader, mentor, advocate and friend.  His passing will be felt across the country as many opticians remember the man who would give you the shirt off his back and every penny in his pocket if he thought it could be of assistance to you.  Please remember his family in your thoughts and prayers.  Elmo, you will be missed."


For those so desiring, contributions may be made to...


Brother Martin High School

4401 Elysian Fields Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 283-1561


If you desire to send a note of condolence, those can be sent to Elmo's wife...


Karen Spellman

4401 Janice Avenue

Metairie, LA 70003