Dr. Cole graduated from U of H College of Optometry in 1969, served in the US Army for 2 years as an optometrist, began private practice in Salina, KS in 1971 and retired in 2006 at age 62.
He joined VOSH-Kansas in 1974. His first VOSH mission was in Honduras in 1982. After returning from that mission, he and Dr. Don Kuehn of Russell, KS volunteered to be co-directors of VOSH-Kansas committee—coordinating/supporting the Kansas mission teams with eyeglasses and equipment for the next 25 years.
As a VOSH member, Dr. Cole participated in 23 missions in 18 countries around the world. As VOSH/International president from 2003-2005, he represented VOSH/International in several countries—promoting the VOSH organization and helped to develop VOSH chapters internationally.
In the mid-80’s Dr. Cole began taking photos during travels with VOSH/International, with the hope that his photos will allow others to experience some of the beautiful sights from around the world. Since retiring, he considers photography and travel as his full-time ‘occupation.’ Dr. Cole’s award-winning photography has been recognized by the Kansas City Star People and Travel competition, various travel-related magazines and websites, a photography card company and numerous competitions. He also features his work through his website http://www.dalecolephotos.com
“[Through VOSH] I have learned there are a lot of people around the world struggling day to day in their environment yet they make the best of what they are dealt and most of them are very grateful for any help that comes their way.
Most folks in the USA have no idea as to how good they have it.”