God is a pretty cool guy. He created the heavens, the earth, all the trees and rocks, animals and people. He’s done good work. However, some people like to think that, since the Big Genesis Bang, he’s mostly sat back and watched things unfold. A silent observer, if you will. Jerold E. Beeve, M.D., is decidedly not one of those people.
Most of the year, Beeve, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, practices ophthalmology in Glendale. Since the early 1990s, though, Beeve has also been holding an annual free eye-care clinic in Fiji. He set up the Beeve Foundation after he became aware, during a second honeymoon to the islands in 1989, of the increasing problem with blindness that Fijians face. He and his wife Dorothy, along with dozens of other doctors and volunteers, have since helped more than 2,000 native islanders retain—or regain—their once-deteriorating sight through more than 1,000 cataract surgeries, among other treatments.