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Charles Schepens

NAHANT, Mass. (AP) - Charles Schepens, a leader in the French

resistance during World War II who later became a pioneer in retina

surgery, died March 28 after suffering a stroke, his son said. He

was 94.

The covert role played by Schepens, of Nahant, while working with

the resistance was so successful he fooled both the ****s and his

French neighbors.

Schepens worked under the guise of a lumber mill operator named

Jacques Perot in the French town of Mendive, using the mill's

tramway to smuggle people and documents over the mountains.

The Germans learned about the operation, and Schepens was forced to

abandon it.

After the war, Schepens returned to a career in ophthalmology and is

considered the father of modern retina surgery. He developed

instruments that helped doctors more easily diagnose retina problems

and repair them. His work is credited with improving the success

rate for surgical retina reattachment from about 40 percent to more

than 90 percent during his career, The Boston Globe reported.

"He was quite a man. He accomplished a lot on his life," said his

son, Luc Schepens.

On March 21, a few days before his stroke, the consul general of

France presented Schepens with the French Legion of Honor award for

smuggling more than 100 people from France into Spain during the war.

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