Dr. Authier was born in Sioux City, Iowa, and attended Sioux City schools with summers spent on the family farm in Jefferson, South Dakota. He graduated from Sioux City Central High School, known as the ‘Castle on the Hill,’ now listed on the National Registry of Historical Buildings.
After finishing 4 years of college in architecture, Dr. Authier was accepted into optometry school and graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, in June of 1963.
He worked briefly in Beatrice and Omaha before coming to Norfolk in November 1967. In 1968, he began several years service in Rotary Club, hosting exchange Rotarians from England and India. He served as District Advancement Chairman and District Camping Chairman of Diamond Dick District Boy Scouts of America. In 2001, he received a plaque commemorating 25 years membership in the Nebraska Optometric Association. Dr. Authier retired from the practice in 2006 and is currently enjoying playing golf.
Dr. Authier and his wife, Sandy, have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Dr. Authier passed away in 2017.