Alumni Notes

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Anne Rudick Funk (OD’07)


 Mark Newman (OD/MS’91), Buckeye Bob Newcomb (OD’71, MPH), and Bruce Manning (OD’81) brought Buckeye Optometry spirit to North Carolina this fall, as they attended the Ohio State Men’s Basketball game versus Duke.

W. Howard McAlister (OD’77, MA, MPH) received the Orion Award at the recent meeting of the Armed Forces Optometric Society held in conjunction with Academy 2022 San Diego. The Orion Award is the highest honor that AFOS can bestow for most significant contributions to the advancement of AFOS and Optometry.

Thomas (OD’79, MS’81) and Susan (OD’82) Quinn welcomed granddaughter Serafina Quinn Boals, born May 17, 2022.


Ohio State Optometry alumni competed in the Minster High School Alumni softball tournament August 12-14, 2022. Karen Fortman (OD’94) and Mark Schmidt (OD’88) played against Dustin Gardner (OD’11, MS’13) and Valerie Gardner (OD’11). Dr. Valerie Gardner graduated from Minster, and the others’ spouses graduated from Minster.

Tony Fenton (OD’89) married Kendra Kuckler on October 17, 2022. Dean Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, was the officiant.


Anne Rudick Funk (OD’07) was named Army Optometrist of the Year by the Armed Forces Optometric Society at Academy 2022 in San Diego.


Jessica Giesey (OD’14) married Tim Burr in December 2021.

Stephanie Pisano (OD’14) and her husband Michael welcomed daughter Lucia, born September 30, 2022.

Phil Yuhas (OD/MS’14, PhD’19) and his wife Emily welcomed son John Carroll Yuhas, born September 28, 2022.

Bridget Grover (OD/MS’16) and her husband Dan welcomed daughter Madison Lucia Grover, born July 27, 2022.

Danielle Orr (OD/MS’17) and her husband Doug Dafler welcomed son Michael Orr Dafler, born August 18, 2022.

Amber Lange (OD/MS’18) and her husband Thomas welcomed son Landon Joseph Lange, born July 8, 2022.

Steven Manning (OD’18, MS’20) and his wife Allie welcomed son William Thomas Manning, born July 21, 2022.

Elizabeth “Libby” Lemos (OD/MS’18) and her husband Michael welcomed son Aiden, born July 22, 2022.

Bryce St. Clair (OD’18) has been named a 2022 Top Doctor by Baltimore Magazine. Dr. St. Clair is an instructor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Optometric Residency Co-Coordinator at Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Wilmer Eye Institute.

Silva Achmar-Hamade (OD’19) and family welcomed daughter Isabella, born in September 2022.

Amber Slezak Hobbs (OD’19) and her husband Nicholas welcomed daughter Selena Brielle Hobbs, born September 29, 2022.

Kelly Morgan (OD/MS’19) married Joseph Edward Hayden on June 18, 2022.

Linh-An Nguyen (OD’19) married Aren Olson on August 12, 2022.

Connor Smallwood (OD’19) and his wife Amanda welcomed daughter Amy Smallwood, born April 8, 2022.

Senior Graphic Designer Kerri McTigue married Bee Jay Brown on September 3, 2022. Dean Karla Zadnik officiated, and the wedding party included Ann Morrison (OD'14, MS'16, PhD'21), Director of Marketing and Communications Sarah Cupples, and Joe Blake (OD'14).


Austin Eckel (OD’20) and his wife Kendy welcomed son Paul Mason Eckel, born in August 2022.

Angelica Polizzi (OD’20) married Nathan Libertowski on June 18, 2022.

In Memoriam

William L. Hoffman (BS’50) passed away on September 10, 2022. He was 98.

Karl B. Lubitz (BS’51) passed away on August 11, 2022. He was 97.

Gordon Arthur Bixel (BS’57, OD’76) passed away on September 24, 2022. He was 95.

William W. (Wally) Hill (BS’62) passed away on October 1, 2022. He was 83.

Vincent Mervin King (BS’64, MS’67) passed away on October 9, 2022. He was 80.

Thomas A. Brannon (OD’77) passed away on September 4, 2022. He was 87.

Jean Heisman (OD’84) passed away on December 5, 2022. She was 64.

Gilbert E. Pierce (OD’89, MS’92, PhD’94) passed away on August 29, 2022. He was 59.