Notable Alumnus


Thomas Nye, OD
Class of 1987

Doctor Thomas Nye completed his undergraduate work at Ohio State and is a 1987 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Along with his required coursework, Tom completed rotations at the Veterans Administration Hospitals in Columbus and Chillicothe and was employed part-time by alumnus Dr. Lamar Zigler in his private practice. Tom also found time to be an active member of the Epsilon Psi Epsilon Fraternity while a student in the College of Optometry.

Since starting in private practice immediately after graduation, Tom's professional activities have been many. He has been a Zone Governor of the Cincinnati Optometric Association, Executive Board Member of the Ohio Optometric Association, and Board Member and Treasurer of the American Optometric Association Political Action Committee. In 1991, he was named Ohio's Young Optometrist of the Year for his outstanding professional and community service, and he was named the 2006 Ohio Key Optometrist of the Year in recognition of his legislative activities. Currently, Tom serves on the Ohio State Board of Optometry and is the Vision Source Administrator for Greater Cincinnati.

Tom, a resident of Hamilton, is active in a number of local civic and youth organizations. He currently serves as Trustee of the Fraternal Order of Police Associates, Board Member of the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, and Treasurer of Dayton Lane Historic Area. Tom is also a former Mayor of Hamilton. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three very active almost-grown children, and are quickly transitioning toward the "empty nest" lifestyle.

Tom has been blessed with a broad range of life experiences, both personally and professionally. He feels strongly that these opportunities would not have come his way “but for Ohio State” and our wonderful optometric profession. He will forever be grateful for the classmates, colleagues, and mentors that have been there for him along the way. Go Bucks!



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