Fund Established in Memory of Gil Pierce (OD’89, MS’94, PhD’94)

Honoring the member of Dr. Gil Pierce
Dr. Gil Pierce

Gil Pierce (OD’89, MS’92, PhD’94), who passed away August 29, 2022, touched the lives of countless Ohio State Optometry students throughout his career as an educator.

According to Dean Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, Dr. Pierce “helped generations of students find their way to becoming optometrists, teaching the art and science of clinical practice in the classroom and clinic. He served the college for many years on the Admissions Committee; many of our graduates will remember him across the table during their interview day. Many more will remember his love for Epsilon Psi Epsilon, the college fraternity, which he served as faculty advisor for many years. Saturday tailgates were some of his happiest, proudest times.”

To honor Dr. Pierce’s commitment to optometric education and Ohio State, we will name a space in our new clinic in his memory. You may support the fund at If you have already contributed a gift to the Gil Pierce fund, thank you so much for your generosity.