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2018 Michael G. Harris Award Winner, Dr. Deanna Alexander.
Alums with 2018 Merton Flom Award Winner, Dr. Robert Di Martino.
Alumnus of the Year winners Don Sarver and Lewis Reich with Dean John Flanagan.

Congratulations to all of our awardees!

Since its inception, The Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry and Vision Science has honored a multitude of alumni in recognition of their professional achievements.

Alumnus of the Year Award

The Alumnus of the Year Award is given to an alum of the Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry and Vision Science in recognition of their outstanding professional and personal achievements. The recipient is selected by the nomination committee, which is comprised of past award winners.

As you will see from the list below, past winners include practitioners from every mode of practice, including unforgettable educators like Dean Meredith Morgan, and former presidents of the AAO and AOA.

Awardees, followed by the year of award:

Harvey Arnold, 1971
George (Bradley) Barnes, 1969
Solon Braff, 1982
Roy Brandreth, 1985
Dennis Burger, 2017
Janet Carter, 2021
Stephen R. Chun, 1994
Lawrence Creasey, 2003
James Crosby, 1970
Jorge Cuadros, 2008
George Deane, 1960
Bernard J. Dolan, 2013
Gordon Duffy, 1968
Edward Elliott, 1987
Ferd Elvin, 1973
Weylin Eng, 1992
Joseph Farrington, 1972
Merton Flom, 1966
Bernice Flom-Warnken, 1974
Rupert Flower, 1956
Pam P. Fong, 2001
Allan Freid, 1980
Bernard Garrett,1965
Lee A. Goldstein, 1998
Edward Goodlaw, 1979
Gunilla Haegerstrom-Portnoy, 2012
Michael Harris, 1999
Patsy Harvey, 2009
Frederick Hebbard, 1955
Richard M. Hill, 2000
Monroe Hirsch, 1962
Jack Hobson, 1958
Frank Johnson, 1975
Herbert Kallmann, 1967
Marvin Kasanoff, 1990
Robert Lester, 1983
Wilbur Linville, 1989
Elwin Marg, 1993
L. Bruce Mebine, 1991
Edwin Mehr, 1997
Meredith Morgan, 1959
Donald Mutti, 2011
Benjamin Nerenberg, 1978
Kelly Nichols, 2020
Rev. Clyde Oden, 2022
Leonard Osias, 1984
Mike Patella, 2016
Jack Pence, 1981
Henry Peters, 1961
Richard Peters, 1976
Marvin Poston, 2019
Lewis Reich, 2018
Edward J. Revelli, 2014
Don Sarver, 2017
Morton Sarver, 1964
Albert Lee Scaief, 2005
Kenneth Schwaderer, 1997
Charles Seger, 1963
Takao Shishino, 1996
Kenneth Stoddard, 1957
Ernest K. Takahashi, 2004
Bernhardt Thal, 1986
Lawrence S. Thal, 2002
Karen Walker-Brandreth, 1995
Lesley Walls, 1988
Barry Weissman, 2010
Stanley Woo, 2015
Karla Zadnik, 2006

Michael G. Harris Distinguished Service Award

The Michael G. Harris Distinguished Service Award recognizes a graduate for their outstanding service to the Berkeley Optometry community. Established in 2016, this award honors the contributions, commitment, and impact of Dr. Michael G. Harris, Class of 1965. It is in the spirit of those who forged the path for the creation of the School of Optometry, the school’s position on campus, and our premiere position in the profession that this award was created. The parameters are broad to recognize the myriad ways in which alumni serve the school; from the classrooms of Minor Hall, to their involvement on a national stage.

This award is bestowed by the Dean to an exemplary volunteer, recognizing their outstanding service and long support of Berkeley Optometry. Below you will find a list of the distinguished honorees who have received this award thus far.

Awardees, followed by the year of award:

Cristen Adams, 2021
Deanna Alexander, 2018
Debra Alexander, 2019
Ken Alimento, 2019
Stephen Chun, 2020
Pamela P. Fong, 2017
Farah Gulaid, 2021
Joy Harewood, 2021
Sheryl Guillory Reaves, 2021
Bob and Rosemary Melrose, 2022

The Merton Flom Teaching Award

The Merton Flom Teaching Award was established bt Berkeley Optometry Class of 1980 to recognize an optometric educator who had the most profound impact on their 25-year career. The Merton Flom Teaching Award was first presented by the OD Class of 1980 at their 25th Reunion, to Dr. Merton Flom himself. Every year since, the 25th reunion class recognizes a current or former faculty member with this honor.

Below you will find a list of honorees from the beginning of its conception in 2005.

Awardees, followed by the year of award:

Anthony Adams, 2008
Ian Bailey, 2017
Robert Di Martino, 2018
Robert Dister, 2012
Mert Flom, 2005
Darlene Fong, 2019
Janis “Lorie” Gong, 2016
Gunilla Haegerstrom-Portnoy, 2014
Michael G. Harris, 2015
Carl Jacobsen, 2020
Edward Revelli, 2013
Morton Sarver, 2006
A. Lee Scaief, 2010
Karen Walker-Brandreth, 2009
Karla Zadnik, 2011

Additional Awards

Faculty Honored as the Class Elected Speaker at Graduation

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American Academy of Optometry California Chapter
First Place Senior Research Paper

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Awarded for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Optometry

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Karen Walker-Brandreth Lecturer Award

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Meredith W Morgan Lecturer Award

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Presidential Leadership Roster

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Commencement Speakers

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Thomas H. Peters Memorial Lecture Presenters

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UC Optometry Alumni Association Dr. Robert Greenwood
Family Memorial Award

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