President's Calling - New Award Added to Our Awards Program

Published November 7, 2017

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President's Calling

New Award Added to Our Awards Program

In Memorium - Harue Marsden, OD, MS, FAAO

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February 2017

New Award Added to Our Awards Program

The 2017 American Academy of Optometry's Annual Meeting in Chicago will again be hosting the annual Awards Program. This prestigious event will take place on Friday, October 13. To be as successful as it has been in the past, members must submit nominations. I encourage you as a Fellow in good standing to submit nominations for one or more awards ranging from recognition of young and promising researchers to recognizing the veteran researcher who has impacted our field with a valuable contribution. We also have the opportunity to highlight the contributions of our educators in optometry and vision science. And you may also want to honor a colleague who has contributed outstanding service to our profession and humanity.

Specifically, I'd like to bring your attention to the Brien Holden Humanitarian Award. This is a new award recognizing an individual or group who has made outstanding contributions to improving eye care within a country or region. The award will acknowledge humanitarian efforts in the non-profit sector that build or support the development of a sustainable eye care system in developing countries. The award was established by the Brien Holden Vision Institute and his family. It will be awarded annually.

"The American Academy of Optometry is honored to be given the opportunity to administer this new award that so perfectly reflects Prof. Holden's passion for finding regional and global solutions to vision disparities. This award will help sustain awareness to the contributions of Brien Holden's legacy and humanitarian contributions," said Brett G. Bence, OD, FAAO, Immediate Past President of the Academy.

Kovin Naidoo, OD, PhD, FAAO, CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute commented, "This is a wonderful acknowledgement by the Academy, a body that Brien greatly respected and a meeting that he enthusiastically attended for around four decades. This award will give important recognition to those who may not be known globally, but who are making a difference in eye care in their country or region."

Please visit the Academy website to view a complete list of all the awards and consider recommending a colleague who has made a valuable contribution to optometry and vision science through research, education, or humanitarian efforts. The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2017, so start the process now.

In Memorium - Harue Marsden OD, MS, FAAO

On a sad note, we recently lost another stalwart for the Academy. Harue Marsden was a regular participant and passionate volunteer at many different Academy events including several committees and the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies. She loved the Academy and everything it represents. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. 

We will miss her charm, her wit and her dedication to our great profession. We share the sadness of her passing with her family, friends and colleagues at Ketchum University. Academy Fellow, Julie Schornack, described her best by saying, "She was just the kind of person that you wanted to learn from, to be around. We will all truly miss Harue, but her legacy will live on in the thousands of students she has educated and mentored throughout her career."


Joseph P. Shovlin, OD, FAAO
President, American Academy of Optometry