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ARA Luncheon – Monday, June 13th, 11:30am

Dear ARA Members,

Our next ARA luncheon will be held on June 13th, 2022, in the Alcon Crossroads Conference Center (old Alcon cafeteria). One of our ARA members, Tom McDonald, PhD, will speak to us about his book in progress on the first 50-year history of Alcon. His presentation at the luncheon will address the first 25-year history of Alcon (1947 thru 1972). Tom worked in Alcon R&D for 39 years—1964 to 2004. He was at Alcon for 32 of the company’s first 50 years.

The presentation will focus on key events and personalities. For example: who were the three original founders of Alcon Laboratories? Who invented the Drop-tainer? Do you know when and why Alcon almost went bankrupt? Did you know Alcon was the second Tarrant County company ever to be listed on the New York stock exchange? Who, when, and why conceived of the Alcon campus? Numerous photos will be shown, many never seen by Alcon employees.

While this is an in-person event, we are working with Alcon so it can also be live on WebEx for those living outside the DFW area. We will require your RSVP so please let us know if you are attending, either in person or remote. If you choose to attend with WebEx, we will send you the link a few days prior to the event. And we need to know if you are attending in person so we can plan the correct headcount for our meals.

Sign-in will start at 11:30, the buffet opens at noon and the program starts at 12:50. We’ll wrap up by 3:00.

You can RSVP by emailing me at or call our Alcon number and leave a voicemail 817-615-2875. Please specify whether you’ll be there in person or remote.

I’m looking forward to seeing you!

Pat Cappelletti
President, Alcon Retirees Association