Founder of Flying Eye Hospital to Speak

    David Paton, the author of “Second Sight: Views from an Eye Doctor’s Odyssey,” will speak at the East Hampton Library on Saturday in an author’s talk to begin at 1 p.m.

    Dr. Paton, the head of the ophthalmology department at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, was a driving force in the early 1970s behind the formation of ORBIS, a nonprofit whose flying eye hospital staff teaches modern techniques around the world and offers treatments in Africa, Bangladesh, China, India, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Vietnam. His friendship with Betsy Trippe DeVecchi led her to secure help from her father, Juan Trippe, the founder of Pan American World Airways, who had a house at Georgica Beach and who helped make the idea a reality.

    Dr. Paton is a member of the East Hampton Heathcare Foundation.      

    Seating is limited, so the organizers have asked that those planning to be there reserve with the reference desk staff in advance.

    More about Dr. Paton and the group he founded can be seen on the Orbis Web site: