Alumni Awards

The Ohio State University College of Optometry's Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration will be held in conjunction with Convocation Weekend on Saturday, May 8, 2021. We are thrilled to honor the alumnae below:

2021 Distinguished Alumna Award, Paulette Schmidt OD'73 MS'76
2021 Early Professional Achievement Award, Catherine MCDaniel OD'08

Previous Honorees

Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award

  • 2008 Ruth Morris, BS’43
  • 2009 Gerald Lowther, BS’66, OD’67, MS’69, Ph.D’72
  • 2010 Paul Gamertsfelder, BS’54
  • 2011 Arol Augsburger,OD/MS’71
  • 2012 Joseph Barr, OD’77, MS’79
  • 2013 Jim Sheedy, OD/MS’74, PhD’77
  • 2014 Richard Ball BS’55, MS’58, PhD
  • 2015 Richard Weisbarth OD’80
  • 2016 Robert Wright BS’60
  • 2017 Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, OD/MS, ‘92, PhD
  • 2018 Jacqueline Davis, OD'81, MPH
  • 2019 - Robert Newcomb OD’71, MPH, FAAO, DPNAP
  • 2020 - Carol Alexander, OD'87

Early Professional Achievement Award

  • 2013 Gina Wesley, OD/MS’06
  • 2014 Jason Miller, OD’99
  • 2015 Jeffrey Hackleman, OD’01
  • 2017 Jamie Casper, OD‘04, PhD
  • 2018 Nicky Lai, OD/MS'03
  • 2019 Timothy Fries OD’04
  • 2020 David Karpik OD'05