Alumni Notes

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Bob Heacock working at Disney

Congratulations to the following Ohio State Optometry alumni and students, who won American Optometric Association Awards at the organization’s national conference in Washington, D.C. in June.

  • President’s Award Winners: Carol Alexander (OD’87); Kevin Alexander (OD’76, MS’77, PhD’79); and Richard Weisbarth (OD’80)
  • AOA Advocacy Award Winner: Jason Ortman (OD’00)
  • Optometry Cares 5K Run First Place Overall Winner with a time of 19:35, Erin Hudson (’26) and Third Place Overall Female Winner with a time of 22:16, Mora Boatman (’26)


Bob Heacock (OD’73) has spent his retirement working as a part-time Ferryboat Captain at Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom, and recently was honored with Disney’s prestigious Legacy Award. This award goes to fewer than 1% of Disney Cast members around the world. Each winner is chosen based on how they model Walt Disney’s legacy of excellence criteria: dream, create, and inspire while in the workplace.


Robert Hammond (OD’83) retired from Johnson Optometric Associates after 36 years.

Greg Hicks (OD’84) retired in September 2023, after practicing full time at Family Eye Care Centers in Sandusky, Huron and Clyde, Ohio since 1990.

Jeffrey Myers (OD’84) traveled to the College of Wooster to receive the Order of the DeMolay Active Legion of Honor, which recognizes active demonstration of outstanding leadership in some field of endeavor, whether civic, professional, fraternal, or spiritual.

Christine Beiling-Sheerer (OD ’87), retired May 16, 2023, after a career spanning more than 30 years in Medina, Ohio.


Cynthia Heard (OD’92) was honored by the Southern College of Optometry (SCO) for her 15th work anniversary as a professor of optometry. In addition, Dr. Heard celebrated her 40th high school reunion with her husband, Walter Clark, in June.  


Katie Scullion (OD’15) and Josh Wolf (OD’15) welcomed a baby earlier this year.

Katherine Fisher (OD’18) and Travis Osborne welcomed son Theodore in March 2023.

David Beckett (MS/OD’18) and Cara Beckett welcomed son Calvin in Summer 2023.

PhD Candidate Rebecca Deffler (OD, MS’19) married Jamie Elmlinger on January 1, 2023.

Justin Klimchak (OD’19) and Bridget Lorenz Klimchak (OD’20) welcomed son Charles Andrew Klimchak on June 10, 2023.

Cornelia Peterson (DVM, PhD’19) married Noah Moss earlier this year.


Natalie Maiorca (MS’19, OD’20) and Francesco Maiorca (OD’20) welcomed daughter Liliana Lucia Maiorca in Spring 2023.

Alex Jones (OD’23) married Emily Jones on May 14, 2023.

Dillon Ragan (OD’23) and Alivia Ragan welcomed daughter Jemma Noel on April 19, 2023.

Brandt Miller (OD’23) and Kelsey Miller welcomed daughter Margot on April 19, 2023.

In Memoriam

1955 Irwin Pass (BS’55) passed away on May 16, 2023. He was 90.

Emeritus Dean Richard Mather Hill, OD, PhD, passed away on June 20, 2023. He was 88.