The Carel C. Koch Memorial Medal Award (established 1974) is awarded to a person who has made outstanding contributions to the enhancement and development of relationships between optometry and other professions. This award is not limited to Academy Fellows nor to optometrists, but may be presented to physicians, educators, or others who have made an outstanding contribution in that direction, worthy of national attention. Academy members make nominations to the Awards Committee and the Awards Committee makes selections with the Board of Directors' approval.

 

Nominations

The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2018. Please submit the following by email to Helen Viksnins at HelenV@aaoptom.org.

  • A letter of nomination from an Academy Fellow, explaining why the nominee is particularly deserving of the award for which the nomination has been made.
  • A copy of the CV of the nominee.
  • A letter seconding the nomination from another Academy Fellow

 

Past Award Recipients

2017 - Joseph Fontenot
2016 - Not Awarded
2015 - Mae O. Gordon
2014 - Serge Resnikoff
2013 - Sandra S. Block
2012 - Roger J. Wilson
2011 - David A. Sullivan
2010 - Thomas F. Freddo
2009 - James Saviola
2008 - Brien Holden
2007 - Michael Mittelman
2006 - Georges C. Benjamin
2005 - Murray Fingeret
2004 - John Whitener
2003 - Melvin D. Shipp
2002 - Satya B. Verma
2001 - Arol S. Augsburger
2000 - W. David Sullins
1999 - Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. 
1998 - Lester Caplan
1997 - Lois B. Bing
1996 - Joseph L. Henry
1995 - Ron G. Fair
1994 - Edward H. Van Ness
1993 - Charles F. Mullen
1991 - David I. Rosenstein & Edwin Marshall
1990 - Alden N. Haffner
1989 - Melvin D. Wolfberg
1988 - Samuel M. Genensky
1987 - William F. Gallagher
1986 - John Hogness
1983 - Natalie C. Barraga
1982 - J. Harold Bailey
1981 - Martha Long Phillips
1977 - Albert N. Lemoine, Jr. 
1976 - Thomas W. Mou
1975 - Richard J. Ball
1974 - Henry B. Peters
Photo Credit: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NEI/NIH)